Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan mayhew bergman

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Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman’s powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can’t be denied.

In “Housewifely Arts,” a single mother and her son drive hours to track down an African gray parrot that can mimic her deceased mother’s voice. A population-control activist faces the conflict between her loyalty to the environment and her maternal desire in “Yesterday’s Whales.” And in the title story, a lonely naturalist allows an attractive stranger to lead her and her aging father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.

As intelligent as they are moving, the stories in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and insight into the impressive power that nature has over all of us. This extraordinary collection introduces a young writer of remarkable talent.

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A book by Megan mayhew bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman (born December 23, 1979) is an American writer, author of the books Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. In 2015, she won the Garrett Award for Fiction. She graduated from Duke University with a masters and Bennington College with an MFA. She is the author of the short story collections Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship at the American Library in Paris. She currently writes a column for The Guardian on the American south and climate change, and wrote an environmental column for The Paris Review in 2016.

Her work has twice appeared in Best American Short Stories, and on NPR`s Selected Shorts. She served as the Associate Director of the MFA program at Bennington College from 2015–2017, and later the Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. She is now the Director of the Breadloaf Environmental Writing Program at Middlebury College. She lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with her hus...

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Megan Mayhew Bergman (born December 23, 1979) is an American writer, author of the books Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. In 2015, she won the Garrett Award for Fiction. She graduated from Duke University with a masters and Bennington College with an MFA. She is the author of the short story collections Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship at the American Library in Paris. She currently writes a column for The Guardian on the American south and climate change, and wrote an environmental column for The Paris Review in 2016. Her work has twice appeared in Best American Short Stories, and on NPR`s Selected Shorts. She served as the Associate Director of the MFA program at Bennington College from 2015–2017, and later the Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. She is now the Director of the Breadloaf Environmental Writing Program at Middlebury College. She lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. She is a senior fellow at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, MA and was awarded the 2020 Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Author`s site: http://www.mayhewbergman.com/