Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the forthcoming novel Glory Days (University of Nebraska Press, fall 2017) and the short story collection The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than forty literary journals and anthologies from Shenandoah and The Massachusetts Review to storySouth, and Notre Dame Review. She has been a finalist for awards from Glimmer Train on multiple occasions, twice nominated for Pushcart Awards, and was the winner of the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest. She teaches classes on the art and craft of writing at the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, Indiana.
Advance praise for Glory Days:
Melissa Fraterrigo’s people will brand an impression upon your soul, Glory Days is a heartbreaking cliff dive into a literary voice that stomps across the Midwest, she knows her land and its people, their struggles, conflicts, ways of survival and ruin, but most of all the roots to family, and wanting to escape that family. Her people are forever stained by their upbringing, memories and consequences of choice. Melissa’s stories are a powerful reminder of what it means to be human. Frank Bill- author of Crimes in Southern Indiana, Donnybrook and The Savage ( to be published in 2017 by FSG)
Melissa Fraterrigo’s Glory Days presents a world of ghosts and seers, the living and the dead, bound together in a small farming community at the cross-roads of tradition and the most cavalier of progress. Spinning through a series of unforgettable characters, each lured by a sense of freedom, violence, or the need to belong, these stories surprise us, echo with significance, and draw together to paint a complicated portrait of a place about to be lost.--Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening and Bottomland
Melissa Fraterrigo’s collection strikes with the unexpected force of a summer tornado. It's a marvel as gritty as the carnival at the edge of her fictional rural town of Ingleside, where characters worthy of a Flannery O’Connor story struggle and self-medicate to make sense of lives marked by loss, violence, and despair. Fraterrigo is as much a seer as her Trompe-l'œil Fredonia the Great, who aches when she must reveal the truth. Fredonia tells her estranged daughter, “Honey, I’ll help you work toward any dream that you have. But this. This is not a dream. Laying hands is a job.” These characters yearn for one another, across time, even across death, and they take comfort in the past and in one another, however fragile their connections. –Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author most recently of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters
Glory Days is a tender and tragic portrayal of small town life, filled with beautifully flawed characters whose voices are unforgettable. From this fascinating cast, we hear about the economic trials of farming, the realities of poverty, the solace of land. From calving season to an amusement park, this novel takes us on a journey that’s told with generosity of spirit and a true tenderness of the land and people. A beautiful book. – Laura Pritchett, author of Stars Go Blue