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.
|Publisher:||Broadkill River Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
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The strange and the unexpected play powerful roles in Ellen Prentiss Campbell's haunting stories of transformation. The characters' dilemmasa foundering marriage, a child's death, a father's madnessare 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
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
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