Contents Under Pressure

Contents Under Pressure

by Ellen Prentiss Campbell
Contents Under Pressure

Contents Under Pressure

by Ellen Prentiss Campbell


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Acclaimed writer and literary critic Ellen Prentiss Campbell presents a collection of eleven short stories that explore loss and yearning, hope and fear, and the tension between imagination, memory, and reality. She takes her characters — young, middle-aged, and elderly — to moments where the border between past and present crumbles. Campbell uncovers dramas and mysteries beneath the surface of daily life whether in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the suburbs of Washington, D.C. or the heart of Manhattan. A practicing psychotherapist, she brings the art of listening for the unspoken, and expressing the unspeakable, to these pages.

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ISBN-13: 9781940120829
Publisher: Broadkill River Press
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Kate Blackwell

The strange and the unexpected play powerful roles in Ellen Prentiss Campbell's haunting stories of transformation. The characters' dilemmas—a foundering marriage, a child's death, a father's madness—are not so much resolved at the story's end as they are given surprising new forms. In one, an amazing tour de force, a young woman drawn to the underwater world is transformed into a mermaid. Campbell's precise, elegant prose renders her gift for the uncanny both believable and a wonderful read. --Kate Blackwell, author of You Won't Remember This

Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Contents Under Pressure is a beautiful story collection by a writer whose wisdom and compassion illuminate every page. Ellen Prentiss Campbell understands how her vividly drawn characters can love and hurt each other simultaneously, and she probes into the recesses of their hearts. Altogether a pleasure to read. --Author Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Rose Solari

Contents Under Pressure is an aptly named book, indeed. These stories crackle with tension, delivered in language with the concision and precision of poetry. Never predictable, always insightful, and often breathtakingly acute. Campbell is a writer to watch. --Rose Solari, author of A Secret Woman

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