Almost Famous Women

Almost Famous Women

Stories

By Megan Mayhew Bergman

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781476786568, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Description
From the acclaimed author of "Birds of a Lesser Paradise," a dazzling new collection that explores the lives of unforgettable women in history.
The fascinating characters in Megan Mayhew Bergman's new stories are defined by their creative impulses, fierce independence, and sometimes reckless decisions. In The Siege at Whale Cay, cross-dressing Standard Oil heiress Joe Carstairs seduces Marlene Dietrich. In A High-Grade Bitch Sits Down for Lunch, aviator and writer Beryl Markham lives alone in Nairobi and engages in a battle of wills with a stallion. In Hell-Diving Women, the first integrated, all-girl swing band sparks a violent reaction in North Carolina.
Other heroines, born in proximity to the spotlight, struggle to distinguish themselves: Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde's wild niece, Dolly; Edna St. Vincent Millay's talented sister, Norma; James Joyce's daughter, Lucia.
"Almost Famous Women" offers and elegant and intimate look at artists who desired recognition. The world wasn t always kind to the women who star in these stories, but through Mayhew Bergman's stunning imagination, they receive the attention they deserve.


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.


NPR
Monday, Jan 26, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's new story collection focuses on the colorful tales of independent real-life, risk-taking women who've faded from the spotlight (or never cared for it in the first place). More at NPR.org

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