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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (860 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan Mayhew Bergman Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An “astonishing debut collection, by a writer reminiscent of such greats as Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, and even Chekhov” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants), focusing on women navigating relationships with humans, animals, and the natural world. 

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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will be shocked, amazed, and always entertained by the work of this accomplished writer of short fiction.”


  • “A top-notch debut…that deserves big praise. The beginning, one suspects, of a fine career.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2012
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elliott | 2/18/2014

    " The best stories in this collection (including the first story, "Housewifely Arts") are reminiscent of Amy Hempel's work. Lovely writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean Ryan | 1/31/2014

    " Insightful and accomplished writing, but the tone of the book is bleak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by A.K. Benninghofen | 1/20/2014

    " What beautifully crafted stories! Graceful and wild. Primal and delicate. Looking forward to much more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mauricio | 1/10/2014

    " Some stories were REALLY good, some not so good. Maybe I would have enjoyed them a bit more if I were a woman? This was clearly meant for female readers, lol. Loved the cover. "

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