Ellen Prentiss Campbell

Ellen Prentiss Campbell

The recipient of fellowships in 2009, 2010 and 2012 at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, her fiction has placed in competitions including The Iron Horse Fiction Collection Contest and The Hunger Mountain Short Fiction Contest. 

Ellen holds an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars, an MSW from Simmons College, and a BA from Smith College.  As a child, Ellen dictated stories before she could write, and remembers the disappointment of learning to read and still being unable to crack the cursive code of her grandmother’s letters. Both as a writer and a social worker, she seeks the story between the lines. 

Ellen lives with her husband in Rockville, Maryland, in an old house with stories of its own – walking distance from the library and the swimming pool, two of her favorite places. She often writes on an old farm on Glade Pike in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and has completed a collection of stories set in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania. Her novel-in-progress takes place in a resort hotel in the region.

 


41 entries by Ellen Prentiss Campbell

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My Ekphrastic Journey

Why a picture is worth 70,000 words.

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The Fell: A Novel

By Sarah Moss

The Fell: A Novel

This story’s quiet start belies its propulsive finish.

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Comforting Couplets

How listening to poetry soothes my insomnia.

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The Show Must Go On

Even if we’re masked up and socially distanced.

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Lean Your Loneliness Slowly Against Mine: A Novel

By Klara Hveberg; translated by Alison McCullough

Lean Your Loneliness Slowly Against Mine: A Novel

A challenging, complex story of mathematics and misery.

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Swedish Wish

The perils and pleasures of wanting to learn a language.

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Styling and Substance

The pleasure of discussing books with my hairdresser.

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Lucia

By Alex Pheby

Lucia

This novelized portrait of James Joyce’s real-life daughter is a somber, difficult read.

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No Skimming Aloud

Reading to others all but guarantees focus.

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Girl Clipping

Email can’t replace the magic of snipping out stories.

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Membership Has Its Privileges

Why I’ve come around to the idea of joining a book group.

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A Stitch? In Time.

On the slow, methodical progress of sweaters and stories.

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The Spinning Bookshelf

Culling a home library takes fortitude (and flexibility).

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The Story of Us

Remembering a dear friend and the many books we shared.

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Jack: A Novel

By Marilynne Robinson

Jack: A Novel

Whether or not you’ve read Gilead, the author’s latest work is a balm for the soul.

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The Snakes

By Sadie Jones

The Snakes

A family-drama-turned-thriller that coils readers in a helix of terror.

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Naming Rites

My process for finding the perfect title.

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Soothing Stories

Favorite childhood tales feel like long-lost friends right now.

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The Night Watchman: A Novel

By Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman: A Novel

This affecting story probes the historical record for a narrative that is at once tender and hopeful.

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The Dutch House: A Novel

By Ann Patchett

The Dutch House: A Novel

Beleaguered siblings wonder if there's really no place like home.

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The Snakes: A Novel

By Sadie Jones

The Snakes: A Novel

A family-drama-turned-thriller that coils readers in a helix of terror.

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Normal People: A Novel

By Sally Rooney

Normal People: A Novel

Irish millennials move endlessly together and apart in this sometimes slow tale of love, class, and growing up.

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The Dogs of Detroit: Stories

This award-winning (though dark) collection feels tailor-made for our divisive times.

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Circe: A Novel

By Madeline Miller

Circe: A Novel

An imaginative, intoxicating retelling of Homer's Iliad.

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Read this one as children do: with eyes and heart open, giving in, ready to be swept away.

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What We Lose: A Novel

By Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose: A Novel

An emotionally charged tale of grief, rage, and the resilience of the human spirit

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Mexico: Stories

By Josh Barkan

Mexico: Stories

Dark tales of people in crisis by a talented and versatile writer.

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The Muse: A Novel

By Jessie Burton

The Muse: A Novel

A dual narrative on the pains of war and the healing capacity of art.

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The Lost Child: A Novel

By Caryl Phillips

The Lost Child: A Novel

This retelling of Wuthering Heights links the long-ago tale to a modern story of exile and difference.

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Bliss House

Laura Benedict

Bliss House

Looking for a fresh start in a crumbling Victorian mansion, a mother and her daughter find tragedy and a secret from the past that continues to haunt the present.

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Frog Music: A Novel

By Emma Donoghue

Frog Music: A Novel

A whodunit page-turner set against the backdrop of 19th-century San Francisco.

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Silence Once Begun: A Novel

All stories are fiction, as the saying goes. Facts are shaped by the observer.

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Dark Lies the Island

Kevin Barry

Dark Lies the Island

Unease, violence and darkness run through this short-story collection, the latest work by the award-winning Irish author.

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Children are Diamonds: An African Apocalypse

A novel exploring the value and meaning of the human endeavor to heal and to rescue.

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Flora

Gail Godwin

Flora

A tragic childhood summer haunts a woman years later.

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The Burgess Boys

Elizabeth Strout

The Burgess Boys

Three adult siblings are forced to reassess their assumptions and beliefs about personal history and identity when a teenager’s actions throw the family into crisis.

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Artful

Ali Smith

Artful

How art, especially literature, illuminates life and love.

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Leah Stewart

The History of Us

A novel exploring the delicate dilemmas of family life, and how our roots both clip our wings and sustain us.

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Chico Buarque

Spilt Milk

An elderly man on his deathbed recounts a passionate life of love and loss, in a tale that’s poetically told and steeped in Brazilian culture.