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“Fiction can reimagine flesh-and-blood folks to stunning effect . . . What a pleasure, then, to discover Melissa Pritchard’s Palmerino, which envisions the life of Vernon Lee, the pen name and male persona of Englishwoman Violet Paget. Opening with the contemporary story of Sylvia, who discovers Lee while working at Villa il Palmerino in the Italian countryside and becomes her biographer, this work is related in sun-on-raindrops prose that draws in readers.”

—BARBARA HOFFERT, Library Journal Book Expo America Editor’s Pick



  Melissa PritchardMelissa Pritchard's essay, "A Solemn Pleasure" is a Byliner "Exclusive" and an "Editors' Recommend." It was originally published in Conjunctions, then Norton's The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death, edited by Bradford Morrow and David Shields.  
Pushcart PrizeMelissa received a Pushcart Prize nomination, "Still God Helps You: Memories of a Sudanese Child Slave," published in Wilson Quarterly, Summer, 2013, The Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Arrive MagazineMelissa's essay "On Holy Ground, My Pilgrimage to the Omo River Valley" will appear in Amtrak's Arrive magazine in the July/August 2014 issue.
PalmerinoPalmerino is a "Top Title to Pick up Now" in the April 2014 issue (on newsstands in mid-March) of O, The Oprah Magazine. An excerpt from Palmerino will be available on Kindle through O Magazine.

Robert RipleyMelissa was interviewed in December 2013 for an upcoming documentary film on Robert Ripley, part of PBS's flagship history series, American Experience, Executive Producer Mark Samels. The title story of her collection, The Odditorium, is based on Robert Ripley's life.