Spirit Seizures

In these stories by Melissa Pritchard, the past brushes up against the present, the voices of both the sane and the obsessed are heard, and the spirits speaking unbidden through the mouths of some spurn others who desire them most.Some of the men and women in Spirit Seizures dwell contentedly on the surface of life, even making a science or an art of what they see around tIn these stories by Melissa Pritchard, the past brushes up against the present, the voices of both the sane and the obsessed are heard, and the spirits speaking unbidden through the mouths of some spurn others who desire them most.Some of the men and women in Spirit Seizures dwell contentedly on the surface of life, even making a science or an art of what they see around them But many of the characters in these stories see sometimes calmly, sometimes with agitation beneath life s surface, beyond sun s light The title story tells of a psychic women, pregnant with her second child, who welcomes over her farmer husband s objections the visits of an older couple desiring a s ance with the spirit of their dead daughter Spirits are also summoned in Rocking on Water, Floating in Glass, when a woman consults the shade of Sarah Bernhardt to help her decide whether to leave her refuge in a dark antique shop and reenter the world of the living.The husband in Ramon Souvenirs recalls his wife s obsession with pueblo culture and her ambitious courtship of the impotent Indian elder who she hopes will initiate her into native spiritual mysteries But the greatest desire of La B te, a spectacularly obese model painted by the French impressionists, is to herself become a perfect object, viewed and adored for her form, not her crude essence Mrs Grant in With Wings Cross Water is painfully isolated from the surface of her family s life by her fears of terminal illness, of what lies beneath her skin And Mrs Gump, the reverend s housekeeper, prays and cleans the house furiously, hoping to obliterate all traces of the worldly beauty that distracts her employer and her artist son from the hereafter.Written with humor but often poignant when they reveal the veins of longing that run through men and women, the stories in Spirit Seizures follow the elusive currents that link us to the eternal, the fluid boundaries that wash between love and mourning.
Spirit Seizures In these stories by Melissa Pritchard the past brushes up against the present the voices of both the sane and the obsessed are heard and the spirits speaking unbidden through the mouths of some spu

  • Title: Spirit Seizures
  • Author: Melissa Pritchard
  • ISBN: 9780820309590
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Spirit Seizures”

    1. I love this collection of stories. Melissa Pritchard's use of precise, descriptive language opens up a visual world for the reader placing her or him in the center of each story; a witness to the unraveling of lives. The reader is given an up close and personal view of complex and beautiful characters as they struggle with the devastation and mystery of life. We can see ourselves in them and the comparison elicits feelings of loss, sadness, and yet we're left feeling hopeful too.

    2. Not my type of book, but I can tell that it is very touching, and filled with a lot of memorable characters. It is definitely literary short stories, written with a poetic flair and filled with philosophy.

    3. I love this collection!It simmers in southwest imagery and makes me feel cozy.Melissa is an amazing writer and this early work was just a testament of what was to come from this writer!Amazing!

    4. 3.75 Very good, but not quite as good as some of the other Flannery O'Connor Award winners I've given 4's to.

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