O, The Oprah Magazine Title to Pick Up Now” & Oprah.com 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 genreshorror, mystery, Westerninto 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.