By Melissa Pritchard
Poets & Writers “Best Books for Writers” selection
Literary Hub “Best Books approximately Books” selection
Image: paintings, religion, Mystery “Top Ten of the yr” selection
In an essay entitled “Spirit and imaginative and prescient” Melissa Pritchard poses the query: “Why write?” Her solution reverberates all through A Solemn Pleasure, providing an indisputable case for either the facility of language and the nurturing fidelity of the writing lifestyles. even if describing the deeply inside ingenious existence required to put in writing fiction, looking for the misplaced legacy of yank literature as embodied by means of Walt Whitman, being embedded with a tender woman GI in Afghanistan, touring with Ethiopian tribes, or revealing the heartrending tale of her informally followed son William, a former Sudanese baby slave, this is often nonfiction vividly engaged with the realm. In those fifteen essays, Pritchard stocks her ardour for writing and storytelling that educates, honors, and inspires.
Melissa Pritchard is the writer of, such a lot lately, the unconventional Palmerino and the fast tale assortment The Odditorium. Her books have got the Flannery O’Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg awards and of her brief fiction collections have been New York Times impressive ebook and Editors’ selection decisions. Pritchard has labored as a journalist in Afghanistan, India, and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has seemed in numerous courses, together with O, The Oprah Magazine, Arrive, Chicago Tribune, and Wilson Quarterly. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.