Set in the romantic world of Victorian London, Selene of the Spiritsis the fascinating story of a beautiful young woman with psychic powers who acquires sudden fame as a medium in the spiritualist circles of the day. Just as precipitous is Selene’s fall from grace after the revelation of her love affair with a renowned scientist. Exiled to the Welsh countryside, she learns more about the spiritual, and carnal, side of life than she ever had in London, as she is transformed by the fulfillment of her love. Richly detailed and haunting, Selene of the Spirits is unforgettable.
“…as it unfolds, Selene of the Spirits becomes…a commentary on the social landscape of an era and a rumination on the consequences of forbidden love.”
–The New York Times
“Vivid minor characters enrich this brief novel with compassion and make it as haunting as its subject.”
“A distinctive achievement, both as a historical novel and a romance. Fit to stand on the shelf with Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Byatt’s Possession.”
“I have admired Melissa Pritchard’s writing for several years now for its wisdom, its humble elegance, and its earthy comedy. Selene of the Spirits amplifies these accomplishments . . .”
“With a kind of ferocious serenity, Selene of the Spirits effortlessly draws us into the haunted world of Victorian spiritualism….This is a breathtaking, profoundly experienced novel, and Melissa Pritchard is a writer of immense talent.”