Join us for the first meeting of the Phoenix Books Burlington Reading Group! We'll discuss Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman. "Bergman's first collection of stories is utterly fantastic," says Billy. "She has a voice of shocking power; her writing captures in the same moment the beauty and brutality of nature." Register for the reading group in person at Phoenix Books Burlington and get 15% off this title! (Drop-ins are welcome too, so don't be shy!)
*Through 2/26/13 only. Some exclusions apply.
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.