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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



  In October 2014, Melissa signed on as an author for the Paris-based online media site, Ulyces.  
Conjunctions 63Melissa's essay “On Bibliomancy, Anthropodermic Bibliopegy, and The Eating Papers; or, Proust’s Porridge" will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Conjunctions magazine, alongside work by Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.
A Solemn PleasureMelissa 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.
PalmerinoPalmerino was 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 is available on Kindle through O Magazine.