Born: San Mateo, California
Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Lived in Cook County 1976-1987. Biography: N/A
- Carl Sandburg award for fiction.
Melissa Pritchard on WorldCat : http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=melissa+pritchard
ISBN: 9781400075850 OCLC: 869553316 Knopf Group E-Books, New York : 2013. This wildly imaginative collection presents the misadventures of unlikely heroine Eleanor Stoddard as she tries to lead an exemplary life but finds that things just keep going awry. In the summer after sixth grade, she dreams of being as courageous as Anne Frank. As a teenager, her sudden devotion to Catholicism coincides with her crush on a nun. As a suburban housewife who suspects her husband of having an affair, she imitates Nancy Drew to try to solve her own personal mystery. And as a middle-aged woman, she embarks on a trek through Central America accompanied by a rescued laboratory gorilla. While Eleanor makes her way through a whirlwind of adventures with life and love in which she is constantly reinventing her identity and rethinking her priorities, she manages to become a first-rate student, a published poet, and a loyal mother. Each story offers a glimpse into her familiar and charmingly odd journey, and she comes hilariously to life in these disarming tales. From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Disappearing ingenue :
ISBN: 0385503032 OCLC: 48383445 Doubleday, New York : 2002. A series of short stories that follow Eleanor Stoddard on her quest to "better herself."
|Late bloomer :
ISBN: 0385721927 OCLC: 793345995 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.
ISBN: 1299002854 OCLC: 843024788 Anchor, 2007.
|Selene of the spirits
ISBN: 0865380945 OCLC: 39291988 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.