The Odditorium: Stories by Melissa Pirtchard

By Melissa Pirtchard

In every one of those 8 lyrical and baroque stories, Melissa Pritchard transports readers into spine-tingling milieus that variety from the excellent realm of Robert LeRoy Ripley's “odditoriums" to the courtyard the place Edgar Allan Poe as soon as performed as a baby. no matter if she is environment the famed figures of Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibit, together with Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, opposed to the true, genocidal background of the yankee West, or contrasting the posh inn the place British author Somerset Maugham stayed with the modern day brothels of India, her tales remove darkness from the various methods background and structure exert robust forces upon human consciousness.

Melissa Pritchard is a Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg award-winning writer whose prior brief fiction collections have been big apple instances striking ebook and Editors' selection decisions. She lives in Arizona.

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So we prayed together every evening, apologizing to God for what I’d done. “Give us the strength to stand firm in the face of trials and temptations. ” Now that is a suitable prayer, she said. She told me I had a dirty mind. She said I should scoop my brains out of my head and wash them clean with cold water. When I asked her how I was supposed to do that, she started beating me again with the ladle. The lobby was full of people talking on their phones. More people had arrived with big black cameras over their shoulders.

I used to work in a pickles factory. Now I fold boxes at the community workshop. Sets of noodles they sell as souvenirs. They put me in charge. ” “We fold along the lines, then put them together. I’ve been doing it for fifteen years now. I can fold a box in five seconds flat, with my eyes closed. ” If only I could show her how good I was at it. It would bowl her over if she saw how quick and neat my technique is. Even our team leader says he can’t keep up with me. Anything to do with folding boxes, just leave it to me.

You’re a member of the Diet. ” He heaved a sigh and flopped back in his chair. I could see his bare feet poking out from the bottom of his trousers. Bits of hair sprouted from his shins. “I’ve resigned. I made an announcement at the press conference just now. ” He looked a bit weepy. Maybe he was just tired. But I had no choice. There was no one else I could turn to. “My mother is dying. She told me to come and ask you for advice. She said you wouldn’t want to see me left on my own. ” “Listen, Shu-chan.

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