Selene of the Spirits by Melissa Pritchard

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Set in the romantic world of Victorian London, Selene of the Spirits is the story of a beautiful young woman with psychic powers who acquires sudden fame as a medium in the spiritualist circles of the day. Just as precipitous is Selene fall from grace after the revelation of her love affair with a renowned scientist. Exiled to the Welsh countryside, Selene learns more about the spiritual, and carnal, side of life than she ever had in London, as she is transformed by the fulfillment of her love.
 

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 November 1, 1998 by Ontario Review Pr. 217 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sir William Herapath, well married and already a respected member of the scientific establishment, is first drawn to the frank young psychic Selene Cook by her reputed powers.

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Determined to save both her reputation and her family, Selene calls on William Herapath, a respected (and respectably married) scientist, to verify her talent -- but even as he begins to doubt her, he also begins to fall in love with her.

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Octavia's machinations and Selene's affair with Sir William Herapath, who conducts Holmesian experiments on her powers, end in Selene's exile to the Welsh countryside, where she rediscovers her spiritual side.

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