The Instinct for Bliss: Short Stories

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Zoland Books, Jul 29, 1997 - Short stories, American - 160 pages
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The New York Times Book Review said of the original hardcover edition, "Vitality passes like a torch through these stories". From the gourmet cook in "Sweet Feed" preparing a last supper for a condemned prisoner, to the anorexic girl in "Eating for Theodora", each of these twelve stories grapples with the visceral and bloody aspect of human nature, and our instinct to rise above it.

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Melissa Pritchard is the author of three short story collections "Spirit Seizures," "The Instinct for Bliss," and "Disappearing Ingenue," and two previous novels, "Phoenix" and "Selene of the Spirits. "Among other awards, she has received two Pushcart Prizes, the Flannery O'Connor Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her stories appear in literary journals including "STORY," "The Southern Review," "Boulevard," "Open City," "Washington Square," and "The Paris Review" as well as in anthologies including, "Prize Stories: The O Henry Awards" and "Best American Short Stories," She is director of the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Arizona State University and is on the faculty of Spalding University. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

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