Instinct For Bliss by Melissa Pritchard

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Melissa Pritchard is the author of three short story collections "Spirit Seizures," "The Instinct for Bliss," and "Disappearing Ingenue," and two previous novels, "Phoenix" and "Selene of the Spirits. "Among other awards, she has received two Pushcart Prizes, the Flannery O'Connor Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her stories appear in literary journals including "STORY," "The Southern Review," "Boulevard," "Open City," "Washington Square," and "The Paris Review" as well as in anthologies including, "Prize Stories: The O Henry Awards" and "Best American Short Stories," She is director of the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Arizona State University and is on the faculty of Spalding University. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
Published September 1, 1995 by Zoland Books. 159 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In ``The Order of Goodness,'' a young mother leaves her husband at home with their sick daughter while she vacations in Amish country with a teenaged neighbor boy, whom she beds in ``dumb bliss.'' Another young mother and wife in ``El Ojiot Del Muerto,'' newly arrived in the Southwest, goes on a ...

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In 12 stories previously published in the Paris Review and other journals, Pritchard explores the efforts of a cast of troubled, mostly Southwestern, middle-class characters to satisfy an ``instinct'' for salvation.

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