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Laura Pritchett

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Laura Pritchett is the author of nine books. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour. She’s the editor of three anthologies: Pulse of the River, Home Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. She also has two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Guide to Your Impending Last Breath.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Millions, Publisher’s Weekly, The Sun, Brain, Child, and many others.

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Stars Go Blue

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The Blue Hour

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Hell's Bottom, Colorado

3.84 avg rating — 201 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Sky Bridge

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Red Lightning

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Great Colorado Bear Stories

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I just adore this book, a beautifully-written and compelling novel that sweeps across landscape and time. Set in present day New Mexico and 1492 Spain (when Jewish and Muslim populations were being expelled), the story unfolds in a dazzling, brillian ...more
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I'm delighted whenever I come across books that tackle the real issues of the West (and not the nostalgic trite cowboy detective stuff, for example). This is one such book and I adore its frank honesty---this novel captures the real and complex topic ...more
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"Love of the Land
A worthy follow-up to THE HOME PLACE, this is a beautifully written novel of family hurts leading to reconciliation. Throughout the story love of the land shines brightly. Anthony’s descent into alcoholism is painful, but the book..." Read more of this review »
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“Because the difference between a friend and a real friend is that you and the real friend come from the same territory, of the same place deep inside you, and that means you see the world in the same kind of way. You know each other even before you do.”
Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

“If you can't get what you want, you end up doing something else, just to get some relief. Just to keep from going crazy. Because when you're sad enough, you look for ways to fill you up.”
Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

“For some reason I believed that if you fell in love it was a guaranteed thing that your path would cross with his, and I never wondered how if would feel to fall in love with a man whose future just couldn't include you.”
Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

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“Because the difference between a friend and a real friend is that you and the real friend come from the same territory, of the same place deep inside you, and that means you see the world in the same kind of way. You know each other even before you do.”
Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

“Tell ya what I'm gonna do, see. I'm not going to hope. Now, you don't either. Don't hope your life will get better. Just make it so. Don't hope you are able to handle this baby. Just do it. Just be glad, just move fast, just do what you need to do. But for god's sake, don't hope. Just be...Just be...”
Laura Pritchett, Stars Go Blue

“Sometimes this disease reminds me of a Stellar’s jay.” And Zach, sweet Zach, says, “That was well put, Renny,” and winks kindly at her. She tries to stop the smile but it’s too late. She curled her hair this morning with pink plastic curlers and she’s glad she did that because what- oh-what source of joy is there left for her in this world? She is not interested in men and their sexual needs (oh, what a relief, when she took Ben’s hand off her breast decades ago and told him that she was just done with that stuff), but she could use a friend, maybe even a friend that would rub her stiff shoulders and hold her hand, and it might as well be a man since she can’t picture wanting a woman to touch her. Everyone is still smiling at her. Smiling extra hard. She is an honored martyr. She knows that they know. That she has already lost a daughter. And on top of this she has Ben, whose speech and thought has quite suddenly taken a turn for the worse. So she gets an especially high grade for her suffering. And that’s what humans want. To feel special. Even for stupid reasons. Bastards, all of them, she says to herself, to the friendly and smiling faces, all bastards except for maybe Zach. Maybe she hates them all.”
Laura Pritchett, Stars Go Blue

“Sometimes his brain works if he can manage it like music, like a song, like a river that does not halt. So he singsongs it: “Tell you what I’m gonna do, see.” With the accent, like a Brooklyn”
Laura Pritchett, Stars Go Blue

“She swishes her arms back and forth. “Okay.” Her voice is small and quiet like a mourning dove, like the soft gray on a mourning dove’s back.”
Laura Pritchett, Stars Go Blue




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