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Palmerino

“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

 

News

  Bellevue Literary PressMelissa Pritchard will publish her collection of essays, A Solemn Pleasure, with Bellevue Literary Press in May 2015.  
 
Arrive MagazineMelissa's essay "Circle of Friends: A Writer’s Soul-Searching Pilgrimage to Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley," with photographs by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, was published in Amtrak's Arrive magazine in the July/August 2014 issue.
 
Pushcart PrizeMelissa's essay, "Still God Helps You: Memories of a Sudanese Child Slave," published in Wilson Quarterly, Summer, 2013 was recognized by The Atlantic with a Best of Journalism Award for 2013. The piece also received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
 
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.