Pritchard, Melissa. Disappearing ingenue, stories.

AuthorTheiss, Nola
PositionBrief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Random House, Anchor. 239p. c2002. 0-385-72189-7. $12.00. SA

This collection of stories follows the character of Eleanor Stoddard from sixth grade to middle age. Even as a child, Eleanor's personality was slightly off-center and, as she makes her way through life, she veers farther and farther away from the norm. There is something superior and special about her, but also something odd. She is strongly influenced by characters she reads about, from those in Nancy Drew adventures to those in true crime novels and Dostoyevsky's work. The characters she meets in her real life, from Mother Fitzgerald, the nun she has a crush on in high school, to the sisters Suave and Prell, are a match for any of her fictional idols. Pritchard's style changes as her...

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