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Disappearing Ingenue: The Misadventures of Eleanor Stoddard

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Having written two collections of short stories and two novels, Pritchard does an alchemist’s job of melding both forms in Ingenue, which tracks the life of the delightfully odd Eleanor from adolescence through adulthood. The trouble is that the stories — or chapters — never add up to a whole. As an idea — that a person radically switches personas throughout his or her life — it’s clever, but as a character study, Ingenue feels like a collection of snapshots, only some of which come into focus.

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