Megan's new collection, Almost Famous Women, will come out with Scribner in January 2015, followed shortly by her novel, Rebel Rebel.
Her first book, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Selection, as well as an Indie Next Pick , Amazon Top Ten pick, and BookBrowse Editor's selection for March. The book earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly; O Magazine included Birds of a Lesser Paradise as a Must-Read book for March. Huffington Post selected BOLP as one of their Best Books of 2012.
This debut collection explores the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world.
“Megan Mayhew Bergman apparently possesses, all in one sensibility, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s love of a back-to-the-land self-sufficiency, Amy Hempel’s infinite tenderness towards animals, and Tillie Olsen’s fierce sense of the emotional intensities of motherhood. Birds of a Lesser Paradise features characters who, even understanding it as well as they do, want to mother the world, and their stories are rendered with dazzling compassion, intelligence, and grace.”
– Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad
"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."
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