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The Instinct for Bliss (SIgned First Edition)

Melissa Pritchard

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ISBN 10: 0944072496 / ISBN 13: 9780944072493
Published by Cambridge: Zoland, 1995
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Cambridge: Zoland (1995). First edition. First printing. Hardcover. New/New. A clean, tight copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket cover. Shipped in well-padded box. Smoke-free shop. Defect-free. Review Copy. Signed by author on title page. Bookseller Inventory # LW-1443

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Title: The Instinct for Bliss (SIgned First Edition...

Publisher: Cambridge: Zoland

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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short stories

From Publishers Weekly:

In 12 stories previously published in the Paris Review and other journals, Pritchard explores the efforts of a cast of troubled, mostly Southwestern, middle-class characters to satisfy an "instinct" for salvation. These heady, occasionally contrived, pieces pivot on questions of both Christian and non-Western spirituality as well as the lawlessness of the creative spirit. "Eating for Theodora" tells of an anorexic adolescent who finds the will to eat only through the intervention of her earthy, mystical Latina neighbor. "The Good and Faithful Widow" is a lonely woman's cerebral, self-analytical account of her anxious relationship with her 14-year-old daughter. In the title story, an idealistic divorcee takes her teenaged daughter-whose "slide from innocence" includes a tattoo, a shaved head and an arrest for shoplifting-to a weaving workshop for women on a Navajo reservation. Pritchard's prose ranges from the simple to the baroque, with her more precious passages ("In a dark cheat of sleep, their incorrupt, guileless hunger lifts Saint Teresa in a minor elevation above the dancer's arching spine, splitting, radiant, into wings") often less stirring than understated ones. Always, though, Pritchard holds the reader's interest as she strives to evoke the complexities of the ineffable.
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