The Odditorium by Melissa Pritchard

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It's too bad that a few characters in this collection fall short.
-LA Times


O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now” & Book of the Week
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
Library Journal Best Stories Collection of the Year

“Emotionally rich.” —New York Times

“Ambitious, lush and even thrilling.” —Los Angeles Times

“Ripping good yarns.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The stories in this strange and original collection bend genres—horror, mystery, Western—into wondrous new shapes.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

In each of these eight lyrical and baroque tales, Melissa Pritchard transports readers into spine-tingling milieus that range from the astounding realm of Robert LeRoy Ripley’s “odditoriums” to the courtyard where Edgar Allan Poe once played as a child. Whether she is setting the famed figures of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, including Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, against the real, genocidal history of the American West, or contrasting the luxurious hotel where British writer Somerset Maugham stayed with the modern-day brothels of India, her stories illuminate the many ways history and architecture exert powerful forces upon human consciousness.

Melissa Pritchard is a Flannery O’Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg award-winning author whose previous short fiction collections were New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice selections. She lives in Arizona.

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 January 10, 2012 by Bellevue Literary Press. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Jan 15 2012

It's too bad that a few characters in this collection fall short.

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