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Release Date: March 29, 2022
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Author: Megan Mayhew Bergman Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 29, 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508292517

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Win Spangler and Helena Glass met on the dunes at a beach resort in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1919. Helena, a skilled shooter and former beauty queen, was born and raised on a moss-draped former rice plantation, and her family is devoted to preserving their crumbling heritage. Win is a medical school dropout with a sizeable inheritance, eager to make his mark on southern culture. When Helena seduces Win, their lives become inextricably bound.

Their daughter Sally Anne is born at Glass Manor and her father nicknames her Skip, because he hopes any misfortune will pass her by. But her mother is unstable and her father is unsatisfied, and Skip grows up lonely and isolated. She is drawn to the families down the road on Nightingale Lane, where the field workers and servants live, and develops a unique friendship with a boy named Ase. When Skip is thirteen years old her father invites a disquieting doctor to set up a private laboratory on the property, and his pioneering surgical experiments lead to disastrous consequences, forcing Skip to question everything she knows about family, love, and legacy.

Author Megan Mayhew Bergman has been hailed “a top-notch emerging writer” (The Boston Globe) and a writer of “intense, richly imagined tales” (Maureen Corrigan, NPR), and brings her formidable storytelling talents to bear in Nightingale Lane, with its rich cast of characters and lush, evocative prose. Atmospheric and steeped in southern lore, Nightingale Lane explores the power of wronged women, the cost of inheritance, and the reconciliation of past and present.

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  • “Bergman writes with preternatural wisdom, delivering urgent stories of radical independence and toughness in a world on fire…These stories are ornery and fierce—ready for battle, their teeth filed to points.”

    -  Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers
  • “Heartfelt, rich in character and detail, the stories in How Strange a Season feel both modern and timeless.”

    - Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A gorgeous collection featuring strong women…And that a storied Southern home could be cursed instead of blessed—this kind of overturned belief abounds in these beautifully written stories.”

    - Amy Hempel, author of Sing to It

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About the Author

Megan Mayhew Bergman grew up in North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, Oxford American, One Story, and Narrative. She lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and several animals.