From "a top-notch emerging writer with a crisp and often poetic voice and wily, intelligent humor" ("The Boston Globe"): a collection of stories that explores the lives of talented, gutsy women throughout history.
The fascinating lives of the characters in "Almost Famous Women" have mostly been forgotten, but their stories are burning to be told. Now Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of "Birds of a Lesser Paradise," resurrects these women, lets them live in the reader's imagination, so we can explore their difficult choices.
Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity--she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band. We see Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde's troubled niece, Dolly; "West With the Night" author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay's sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.
The world hasn't always been kind to unusual women, but through Megan Mayhew Bergman's alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve. "Almost Famous Women" is a gorgeous collection from an "accomplished writer of short fiction" ("Booklist").
Megan Mayhew Bergman grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. Her first collection, "Birds of a Lesser Paradise", was one of "Huffington Post'"s Best Books of 2012. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times", "Best American Short Stories", "New Stories from the South", "Ploughshares", "Tin House", and "Oxford American", among other publications. She writes a sustainability column for "Salon" and lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, four dogs, four cats, goats, and chickens.