Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s novel Frieda’s Song will be published May 25, 2021 (Apprentice House Press, Loyola University, Maryland). Her most recent story collection, Known By Heart, was published in May, 2020. The Bowl with Gold Seams (2016), her debut novel, received the Indy Excellence Award for Historical Fiction; her first collection of stories, Contents Under Pressure (2016), was nominated for The National Book Award; and her short fiction has been recognized by the Pushcart Press. Recipient of an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Campbell and her husband live in Washington, D.C. and Manns Choice, PA. She is at work on a new novel.
“The rubble of what happens is the real souvenir in these stories: memento mori, reminder not just of time gone by, but of death, always there, always approaching.” Ellen Prentiss Campbell on Elizabeth McCracken’s new collection, The Souvenir Museum.
“Reading these stories at times feels almost like complicit voyeurism—witnessing pain through a one-way mirror in the laboratory of Nors’s world.” Ellen Prentiss Campbell reviews Dorthe Nors’s new collection, Wild Swims, out tomorrow from Graywolf.
“The novel is narrated as an episodic composite, linked by the author’s narrative conceit: a persistent Argentinian journalist has been seeking to interview elusive, reclusive Watanabe.” Ellen Prentiss Cambell reviews Fracture, by Andrés Neuman.
“Enright works magic here, making visible in Actress the primal origin stories embedded in and surrounding our own, tracing the most intricate of spirals: a double helix—two strands of connected story.”
“No matter how well-documented the history of a family home may be, there are gaps… I revel in the license to move into those uncharted spaces; to take a leap of faith from the springboard of memory into the untethered dimension of the imagination.” Ellen Prentiss Campbell on dreams, intuition, and following “the vapor trail of memory” in fiction.
“Olive, Again is in some ways—but not all—a surprising sort of sequel, just as Olive Kitteridge is a continually surprising person: blunt and gruff, but increasingly capable of both insight and empathy.”
“The author has said that Busara means ‘wisdom, insight, and common sense’ in Swahili and that the Busara Road is ‘Mark’s own path to wisdom and insight'”: Ellen Prentiss Campell on Busara Road, by David Hallock Sanders.