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Lately

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In this deliciously heart-rending collection, eleven interconnected stories present women and men whose lives have been influenced by Bob Dylan and Vietnam, childhood accidents and family mysteries. When two sisters throw a divorce party, it's a Martha Stewart vision gone haywire. A coed in the late 1960s muddles through an unplanned pregnancy while the father is missing i...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by Mariner Books (first published 2007)
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Randy
Let me preface this by saying that, having heard Sara read her stories on several occasions, I got the distinct pleasure of hearing all of these stories 'aloud' in my head in her wonderfully fey voice.

Like her first book, Crackpots, Lately consists of interconnected stories. However, unlike Crackpots--which was about one central character and was, therefore, more novelistic--the connections in Lately are more tenuous, scattered. Subsequently their power is a bit more diffused and the quality a b...more
Amanda
Even before I started reading Lately by Sara Pritchard, I've been thinking about religion. Raised Catholic but not practicing, I can't help but to feel like I'm in Limbo. Don't get me wrong, I say my rosary every day and am mindful--do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I just have been feeling a little push to do a little something more with my spiritual life. I'm just thinking about what that little something is. I don't necessarily agree with the Catholic Church on several issues...more
Kori
A memorable collection of linked stories featuring quirky, unusual characters. This was my third time through this book, having read it twice before for a fiction workshop two years ago, but I found myself being more critical of it this go-around. Since I'm studying linked collections to find a possible model for my own, I was thinking about exactly what the "link" is here. Is it thematic? Setting-based? Character driven? Maybe it's all of these, but I found myself thinking about certain charact...more
Janet
Stumbled upon this book of short stories when the title of one of them, "Reading Raymond Carver, Waiting for Bob Dylan" came up in a search for something else entirely. Captured by the mixing of past memories with present situations in that story, I read on and discovered a voice that really spoke to me--"charming prose, offbeat characters, and emotional depth." It doesn't hurt that she clearly has some ties to Pennsylvania, or a place she calls Northwest Pennsy-hi-o, part PA, part the Ohio Rive...more
Natalie
Jul 18, 2007 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
I did truly love this book, and would have even if I didn't know Sara and didn't hear her lovely little voice in my head as I read. The stories are so fresh and original. I hardly ever use the word, but they were "delighful". That's the only word for them. Of course, the neurotic in me had to make lists of the characters in each story so I'd be able to see how they all connected, but that was fun and kept me engaged (not that I needed anything else to do that). The way these stories show the con...more
Gerry LaFemina
This book is a fun read--chock full of quirky characters with real situations: the main character in her story “The Lost Pilot” who once saved an entire airliner full of people by landing without landing gear, but who is ready now for the Bermuda Triangle. Or Miriam–an elderly woman who as her dementia gets worse, sees her daughter Celeste as the “woman in the blue linen suit” who perhaps is stalking her. Or Maggie who prepares for her divorce party–an anti-matrimony affair hosted by her friend...more
Jan Priddy
All of life. Prichard adeptly moves with her characters’ consciousness through entire lifetimes as they attempt to reconcile their hopes and dreams, the early pain of childhood and the reality of where they are in middle age, approaching death. Addiction, estrangement from children and parents, loss of parents, destroyed marriages, dementia in old age are recurrent elements. “Time seemed to have just accumulated, wadded up like hair in a drain . . . Were we like stars, visible only at certain ti...more
Dianne
Jun 10, 2007 Dianne added it Recommends it for: people who have more patience than I do
Shelves: put-aside
The writing is smooth. The storytelling is good. The characters are believable, but I couldn't bring myself to care about them. Each one of the stories left me feeling underwhelmed and a little bit pessimistic. About halfway through the book, I realized I was getting really irritated...so I moved on to another book!
Alison
I finished reading this several months ago but haven't written a review because it is difficult for me to describe in a short paragraph. But I do want to say that it is stunning and memorable. Funny and heart wrenching. And so terribly honest. A wonderful read.
Emily
I'm getting to the point where I don't like short stories. I'm unable to emotionally invest in them because I know they're brief, so it always feels like a chore to finish the collection. I just prefer novels.
Heather
hilarious. absurd.
Pritchard manages to bring the most ridiculous details into her short stories. It is not annoying or forced. It is simply hilarious. Check out her website, too. It is fantastic.
Nikita
the only story i truly enjoyed reading in here was "The Wonders of the World," with the girl, Faye- about her tragedy and her love and energy. really powerful
Lori
Dec 23, 2007 Lori added it
This is an interesting, quirky and memorable collection of stories.
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Along with Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press, 2013), Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories, Crackpots, and the linked-story collection, Lately. Pritchard won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2003 with Crackpots, which went on to be a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Wilkes Low-Residency Creative Writing Program in...more
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