Birds of a Lesser Paradise

By Megan Mayhew Bergman
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451643367, 224pp.)

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

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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.




About the Author
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of "Almost Famous Women" and "Birds of a Lesser Paradise." Her work has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Best American Short Stories", "New Stories from the South", "McSweeney's", "Tin House", and "Oxford American", among other publications. She lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, and many animals.


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  1. How much of a role does nature play in the lives of the heroines of Mayhew Bergman’s stories? How do their relationships with the natural world affect their decisions?

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