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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Melissa Pritchard  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: San Mateo, California

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Illinois Connection

Lived in Cook County 1976-1987.

Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

  • Selene of The Spirits, Onterio Review Press, 1998
  • Disappearing Ingenue, Doubleday, 2002
  • Late Bloomer, Doubleday, 2005
  • Devotedly Virginia: The Life of Virginia Galvin Piper, The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Selene of the spirits /
ISBN: 0865380953. OCLC Number:

Ontario Review Press ;. Princeton, NJ :. ©1998.

A 19th century English romance between a woman spiritualist and a scientist investigating her powers. She is Selene, a poor but ambitious woman whose powers are sometimes true and sometimes not, and she seduces Sir William Herapath who is married.

Disappearing ingenue :
ISBN: 0385503032. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. 2002.

A series of short stories that follow Eleanor Stoddard on her quest to "better herself."

Late bloomer :
ISBN: 0385721927. OCLC Number:

Anchor Books,. New York :. 2005.

Arizonan Prudence True Parker teaches surprisingly effective touchy-feely writing classes at a community college. Divorced, 48, in debt, and excruciatingly lonely, she's also smart, funny, generous, spiritually inclined, and open to new experiences, of which there are many in this clever roller-coaster ride of a novel.


Carl Sandburg award for fiction.

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