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Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Bergman, Megan Mayhew

Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Bergman, Megan Mayhew

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ISBN 10: 1451643357 / ISBN 13: 9781451643350
Published by Riverside, NJ, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 2012
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by author on title page without inscription. Dust jacket shows some light edge wear and is now protected in a mylar cover. "Autographed" band from bookstore can be easily removed if buyer desires. A clean, tight, unread copy. Packaged in a box and shipped promptly with delivery confirmation. Conscientious customer satisfaction a given. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7598786120

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Title: Birds of a Lesser Paradise

Publisher: Riverside, NJ, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From a prizewinning young writer whose stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South comes a heartwarming and hugely appealing debut collection that explores the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world.

Megan Mayhew Bergman’s twelve stories capture the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collide 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 ultimate 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.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2012: Megan Mayhew Bergman’s collection of stories contains all of the elements that, it could be said, make up the very best in short fiction: each story is beautiful, full of palpable pain or joy--sometimes both--all loosely connected and based on the types of figures we’ve all known in our lives. But what sets this collection of stories apart is that each sentence feels sturdily crafted, each ending feels satisfying in a way short fiction rarely does. Mayhew Bergman does something exceptional with Birds of a Lesser Paradise--she quickly constructs a world filled with animals and nature and family who hate and love and mostly need one another--and it feels complete. --Alexandra Foster

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