Late Bloomer by Melissa Pritchard
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Prudence True Parker teaches a course called Advanced Personal Journey at a community college in Arizona, but her own personal journey is not really advancing. She’s divorced, debt-ridden, and starting to feel desperate, when she meets Digby Deeds (alias Mildred Crowley), the author of the wildly successful Savage Passion romance series, at her local library. When the dying Deeds offers Prudence the final forty plots of his popular series, her financial needs trump her literary aspirations, and she accepts. To her astonishment, her own life soon begins to outpace Passion’s fevered tales, and she finds herself in the midst of a plot involving psychics, a sexy young Comanche lover, Native American activists, medicine men, and even a few wolves. Quick-witted and laugh-out-loud funny, Late Bloomer follows Prue on her madcap journey, as she finds her real life surpassing the wildest flights of her imagination.

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About Melissa Pritchard

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Melissa Pritchard is the author of eight books of fiction, including "The Odditorium" and "Palmerino" (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in 2014), and a biography of Virginia Galvin Piper that US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor called "a delight to read." Among other honors, her books have received the Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka and Carl Sandburg awards and two of her short fiction collections were "New York Times" Notable Book and Editor's Choice selections. Her fiction, essays, and journalism have also appeared in numerous magazines, textbooks, anthologies, and journals, including the "Nation, Paris Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, A Public Space, Ecotone," and the "Chicago Tribune" as well as the "PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories" and "Pushcart Prize" anthologies. After working in Afghanistan as an embedded journalist, Pritchard founded the Ashton Goodman Fund in support of the Afghan Women's Writing Project. A professor of English, she teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 386 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Prudence gains new respect for Ray after he undergoes the demanding rites of the Sun Dance Ceremony, and Pritchard’s depiction of the Native American culture, refreshingly politically incorrect at first, now becomes sentimentally reverential.

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Meanwhile, a parade of vividly drawn characters, including Hawk's fellow Sun Dancers, invade Parker's white-bread life as Hawk teaches Parker that "savage" love bears little resemblance to the novels she's been secretly writing.

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Increasing financial desperation convinces Prudence to put aside her intellectual pride and accept Digby's bequest, and the stage is set for Melissa Pritchard's entertaining romantic satire, Late Bloomer.As she begins her first Native-American bodice ripper, Prudence's love life unexpectedly blos...

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This book within a book gifts the audience with a biting edge to an eccentric tale that ironically is softened with a romance novel's simple climatic solutions that seem more apropos for the Savage Passion novel.

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The difference between Pritchard and Prue is that Prue uses Deeds’ formula to formulate the “Savage” books while Pritchard keeps her novel literary.

May 24 2005 | Read Full Review of Late Bloomer: A Novel


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And it is that sense that made it readable even when it was uncomfortable, even when I wanted to scream at the characters, and even when I was so frustrated with them and their lack of sense and strength that I wanted to put the book down.

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