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Titre : Birds of a lesser paradise: stories
Éditeur : S&S
Date d'édition : 2012
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Type de livre : Book
A bright, tight edition signed & dated by the author on the title page. DJ is clean & colorful. Text is firmly bound; pages crisp & clean; a tiny nick to upper edge of last 2 pp. N° de réf. du libraire WS12532
Synopsis : 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.
Critique: 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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Description de la librairie : Shaker Mill Books is the annex of The Bookloft in Great Barrington, MA, one of the only independent bookstores in the Berkshires for over 35 years. Located in West Stockbridge, MA, Shaker Mill Books houses nearly ten thousand rare, out-of-print and/or signed books. We specialize in Berskhire Books (many now out-of-print or otherwise unavailable), including local histories and biographies, as well as a large collection of books by nature writer Hal Borland.