Almost Famous Women: Book summary and reviews of Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Almost Famous Women

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by Megan Mayhew Bergman

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Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
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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).

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"Starred Review. A collection of stories as beautiful and strange as the women who inspired them." - Kirkus

"Every one of these stories is as vibrant, as urgent, as surprising as the women therein. What a thrill to listen as they cohere into a chorus of powerful, affecting and often hilarious voices, each unforgettable, together undeniable. Another stunning collection from the brilliant Megan Mayhew Bergman." - Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

"Megan Mayhew Bergman writes with such precision that we should all quake in her presence. This book only looks like it's made of paper - you are holding priceless diamonds in your hand." - Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers

"Megan Mayhew Bergman writes with an astonishing force of empathy, a compassion as bright and illuminating as a klieg light." - Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia

"Lovely and heartbreaking." - Anjelica Huston, author of Watch Me

"It is rare that an author is as fearless as her characters. Bergman is, and Almost Famous Women is a stunning feat of great daring." - Lily King, author of Euphoria

"Mayhew Bergman has made the women who inhabit this beautiful book come fully to life - I won't ever forget them." - Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

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Megan Mayhew Bergman Author Biography

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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 stories have appeared in the 2010 New Stories from the South anthology, Ploughshares, Oxford American, One Story, Narrative, PEN American, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Greensboro Review and elsewhere. She lives in on a small farm in Shaftsbury, VT with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, four dogs, four cats, a horse, goats, and chickens.

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