Spirit Seizures: Stories


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University of Georgia Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.49 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author

Melissa Pritchard is the award-winning author of three additional story collections, "The Odditorium," "The Instinct for"" Bliss," and "Disappearing Ingenue: The Misadventures of Eleanor Stoddard," and three novels, "Late Bloomer," "Selene of the Spirits," and "Phoenix."


An impressive collection of short stories dealing with the confusion, dislocation, and pain of loss. . . . This book is rich in spirit.

--Belles Lettres
Pritchard's writing, at its best, is the kind that creates legitimate space for the eccentric without crowding out the ordinary; a writer who can do this well is trustworthy and worth reading again and again.--Harriet Leach "Chicago magazine"
Restless souls and wrestling spirits are motivating combinations in the characters perceived with uncommon acuity in these stories, set in varying locales.-- "Publishers Weekly"

All are set apart, a Diane Arbus-like gallery whose personalities remain elusive, receding more completely as their deformities are more cunningly displayed.

--New York Times Book Review

These are powerful, jolting stories. Melissa Pritchard is one of our finest writers.

--Annie Dillard

It is a rare and gifted writer whose far flung imagination deftly conjures the bizarre and unreal into stories and then, through compelling prose, completely immerses the reader in the world of her creation. Melissa Pritchard is such a writer.

--Roanoke Times

Pritchard shows a descriptive ability that is uncannily original.

--Chicago Tribune
Her stories are generously, excitingly creative. They take hold.--North American Review
Pritchard possesses a gift for depicting diverse characters, times, and locales.-- "Ms. Magazine"

The characters in this remarkable first collection . . . are adventurers, explorers of an uncharted interior wilderness of dreams and visions, possessed by spirits, premonitions of death. . . . A welcome antidote to the minimalist perspective of recent years, she makes her characters come alive.

-- "Providence Sunday Journal"