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Megan's short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, and in places such as McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Tin House, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, One Story, and Oxford American. 

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Almost Famous Women

"Lovely and heartbreaking..."         
  -Anjelica Huston

"Megan Mayhew Bergman breathes life into lives that men and history have cast aside. It is rare that an author is as fearless as her characters. Bergman is, and Almost Famous Women is a stunning feat of great daring." 
-Lily King, author of Euphoria

"...original and surprising..." starred review from Kirkus

"Generally speaking, most of the "almost famous" women in this compelling collection fit in that intriguing category — trouble either found them or they stirred trouble up. You'll learn a lot about these women's unruly lives by reading Bergman's stories, but you'll also probably come away feeling that most were pretty difficult women, better to read about than to meet in person. Bergman right now may be an "almost famous woman" herself — a recognized minor name in contemporary literature. But if she keeps on writing these kinds of intense, richly imagined tales, who knows where she'll end up?" -Maureen Corrigan, NPR


Birds of a Lesser PAradise

Megan's first collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Selection, as well as an Indie Next PickAmazon Top Ten pick, and BookBrowse Editor's selection for March.  The book earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly;  O Magazine included BOLP as a Must-Read book for March. Huffington Post selected BOLP as one of their Best Books of 2012.

"We want stories to stir our desires. We also want them to lead us to places we don’t recognize and build us a temporary residence there. Bergman provides alluring glimpses into the strangeness, the ruthlessness, of the animal kingdom." -New York Times