Known By Heart: Collected Stories


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Apprentice House
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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.43 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Ellen Prentiss Campbell's first collection of stories Contents Under Pressure was nominated for the National Book Award. Her debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams received the Indy Excellence Award for Historical Fiction. Short fiction has been recognized by the Pushcart Press. Essays and reviews appear in journals including The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. A graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars and the Simmons School of Social Work, for many years she practiced psychotherapy. She is at work on a novel. Campbell and her husband live in Washington, D.C. and Manns Choice, Pennsylvania.


"Larry Brown once said, 'The best literature is always about matters of the human heart, ' and that's precisely where Ellen Prentiss Campbell dares go in her new collection Known by Heart. These are mature tales that have earned their knowledge and resonance. Precise as open-heart surgery, laying bare the more rarely seen inner chambers of love's entropy and endurance, its old flames and addictions, even the ridiculous vanity of self-love. Ms. Prentiss Campbell's work pulses with pain and pleasure. Intricate, vulnerable, and above all, compassionate." -- Marc Nieson, author of Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape

"What stories we tell, whose stories are told, are crucial matters, and Ellen Prentiss Campbell takes great care in her choices and in their telling. Known by Heart, a beautifully detailed study of human intimacy--with all its loves and sorrows--unfolds in the voice of a gifted writer, who remembers to include the small unknown betrayals, the too-often-neglected human kindnesses, revealing the space between us, which she reminds us aches like a 'phantom limb.' These stories will hurt in their loss and offer solace in helping us remember we aren't 'quite done yet.'" --Todd Davis, author of Native Species and Winterkill

"Keen psychological insight and a poetic flair for language bring these stories to vivid life. Campbell's characters struggle to escape their dilemmas, whether the confines of stifling families or their own minds. To the reader's delight, some characters pop up in multiple stories, weaving a world of recognizable human longings that are credible, poignant, and beautifully described." -- Donna Baier Stein, author of Sympathetic People and Scenes from the Heartland

"The stories in Ellen Prentiss Campbell's Known by Heart burst with lyricism and a depth of human understanding. This is a moving and beautifully written collection that tells us so much about the complex nature of love." -- Elizabeth Poliner, author of As Close to Us As Breathing and Mutual Life & Casualty

"Ellen Prentiss Campbell prefaces her intense collection of short stories Known by Heart with a line from The Riddle Song: 'What is the story that has no end?' The answer is love, a complicated and ever-shifting answer... Campbell knows that old longings and lost loves continue long after the physical lovers disappear...and lovers most keep what they most lose--with paradoxical intensity." -- Lois Marie Harrod, author of Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis