Melissa Pritchard, one of America’s most honored fiction writers, delivers a stunningly original and captivating fictionalized biography of Florence Nightingale – the woman who almost single-handedly created and earned global respect for nursing as a profession.

In lush, lyrical detail, Pritchard reveals Nightingale as a rebel who wouldn’t relent – one whose extraordinary life offers a grand lesson in inspired will.

From adolescence, Nightingale was determined to fulfill her life’s calling to serve the sick and suffering. Overcoming Victorian hierarchies, she used her hard-won acclaim as a battlefield nurse to elevate nursing to a skilled practice and compassionate art.

Award-Winning Author’s Fictionalized Biography Reveals Nightingale’s Courage and Resilience in Transforming Nursing and the Role of Women in Medicine

This is a fascinating novel . . . It spares us no anguishing detail of an uncaring society ignoring the suffering in squalid circumstances of thousands of soldiers and the poor in British cities.”
— Historical Novel Society

COLUMBUS, GEORGIEA, USA, March 12, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — In her newest book, Melissa Pritchard, one of America’s most awarded and honored fiction writers,
delivers a stunningly original and captivating fictionalized biography of Florence Nightingale –
the woman who almost single-handedly created and earned global respect for nursing as a profession.

Flight of the Wild Swan is being published today by Bellevue Literary Press.

Sweeping yet intimate, Flight of the Wild Swan tells the story of Nightingale, a brilliant,
trailblazing woman whose humanity has been obscured beneath the iconic weight of
legend. From adolescence, Nightingale was determined to fulfill her life’s calling to
serve the sick and suffering. Overcoming Victorian hierarchies, familial expectations,
patriarchal resistance, and her own illness, she used her hard-won acclaim as a
battlefield nurse to bring the profession out of its shadowy, disreputable status and
elevate nursing to a skilled practice and compassionate art.

In lush, lyrical detail, Pritchard reveals Nightingale as a rebel who wouldn’t relent – one
whose extraordinary life offers a grand lesson in inspired will.

See excerpts from some of the book’s striking early reviews and testimonials below.  

REVIEWS

“Pritchard’s splendid latest illuminates the life of Florence Nightingale…Marvelous and
moving.”— Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

“A fresh imagining of an icon (Florence Nightingale,)…in Pritchard’s portrayal, is an
indomitable force.”– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“From country houses to city slums and distant war zones, Pritchard renders the people
and places of Florence’s world in lush, richly detailed prose…A compelling story and
satisfyingly human portrait of an extraordinary woman.”— Booklist (YA
recommended)

“This is a fascinating novel, unusual in its brief but extremely telling chapters. It spares
us no anguishing detail of an uncaring society ignoring the suffering in squalid
circumstances not only of thousands of soldiers, but also the poor in British cities of the
time. This is a significant tribute to the strength of the woman who changed that.” — Historical Novel Society

“Exceptional…transformative and riveting…” – Midwest Book Review

“Enthralling…an inspiring novel about a woman whose single-minded determination
comforted and inspired thousands.” — Foreword Reviews

Pritchard was born in San Mateo, California. She has published eight award-winning
books of fiction, a biography and collection of essays. Among other prizes, she has
received the University of Georgia’s Flannery O’Connor Award, the University of
Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Award, Chicago’s Carl Sandburg Literary Award,
and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Prize.

A five-time winner of Pushcart and O. Henry Prizes and frequently shortlisted in Best American Short Stories, her fiction and essays appear in The Paris Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Conjunctions, Ecotone, LitMag, A Public Space, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Wilson Quarterly and other venues. 

WordTheatre has performed her short stories in New York and Los Angeles; two of her
books were named New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and “Notable Books of the Year.”
Others, receiving starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, have
been named as O, The Oprah Magazine “Top Titles” and “Book of the Week,” and as
“Best Book of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. Her
essay collection, given a starred review by Library Journal, was included in Publishers
Weekly “Top Ten in Essays, Literary Biography and Criticism,” and praised by Lit Hub as
a “Best Book about Books,” and by Poets and Writers as a “Best Book for Writers.” 

She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, the Howard Foundation at
Brown University, the Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation in Switzerland, the Hawthornden
Foundation in Scotland and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. Pritchard currently lives in
Columbus, Georgia.

For more information about Melissa Pritchard and her writings, please visit her website.

For media inquiries about The Flight of the Wild Swan or to arrange a time to interview
Melissa Pritchard, please contact Scott Busby at scottb@thebusbygroup.com or call
(310) 600-7645.

ENDORSEMENTS
“Flight of the Wild Swan is the best of Melissa Pritchard. In this novel, you will come to
know Florence Nightingale close up, not as a faraway, distant figure.”
–Joy Harjo, three-term U.S. Poet Laureate, author of Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet
Light and Poet Warrior: A Memoir

“What an amazing book this is…the journey this novel takes is mesmerizing and
unforgettable.”
–Joan Silber, Pen/Faulkner award-winning author of Improvement and Secrets of
Happiness

“Pritchard’s tour de force evokes nursing and medicine today…an enchanting, inspiring
and utterly relevant novel.”
–Suzanne Koven, MD, author of Letter to a Young Female Physician

Scott T Busby
The Busby Group
+1 310-600-7645
scottb@thebusbygroup.com

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