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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

  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.  
 
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 and was a finalist for the 2013 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.
 
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.