, October 05, 2010
(view all comments by shinyshinystar)
Being a loyal reader of Ms. Pritchards work since her fledgling short story collection, the highly esteemed "Spirit Siezures" (Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, A New York Times Editors Choice Book, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year,1987.), and an avid reader of her short story collections, I was not only ecstatic when this book, a novel, emerged, I was immediately aware of the power and talent Pritchard brings to the novel form, contained within those pages. "Selene", a period piece, obviously well researched, takes you places you haven't known existed before. This is much more than a "Love Story", don't be fooled. There are beautiful places, uncomfortable places, certain places you may not necessarily want to be, but you, as the reader, must remain, to see where Pritchards compelling characters end up next. Selene, as a character, and based on real events, is absolutely fascinating, as well as heartbreaking. The people and situations she encounters are equally complex and endearing, even when they misbehave. Pritchard has this uncanny way of crafting her words into more than a work of fiction, a novel, a story. She has the ability, as very few writers have been able to achieve, to expose life, and people, in a way which renders them virtually human to her readers. They do not go away, when you close the book, as they should. They stay with you, ghostly, surreal, and completely unforgettable.