Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press January 2014
1934137685 / 9781934137680
Seller ID: 108658
"A writer at the height of her powers." --Oprah.com
"Pritchard polishes the strange and makes it shine." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"The singularity of Pritchard's] narrators remains indelible and] shows that fiction still has the ability to shock and surprise." --"Washington Post"
Welcome to Palmerino, the British enclave in rural Italy where Violet Paget, known to the world by her pen name and male persona, Vernon Lee, held court. In imagining the real life of this brilliant, lesbian polymath known for her chilling supernatural stories, Melissa Pritchard creates a multilayered tale in which the dead writer inhabits the heart and mind of her lonely, modern-day biographer.
Positing the art of biography as an act of resurrection and possession, this novel brings to life a vividly detailed, subtly erotic tale about secret loves and the fascinating artists and intellectuals--Oscar Wilde, John Singer Sargent, Henry James, Robert Browning, Bernard Berenson--who challenged and inspired each other during an age of repression.
Melissa Pritchard is the author of eight books of fiction, including "The Odditorium," a "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the Year. 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.