Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman

By Megan Mayhew Bergman

Exploring the best way our offerings and relationships are formed via the risk and sweetness of the flora and fauna, Megan Mayhew Bergman's robust and heartwarming assortment captures the staggering moments while the pull of our biology turns into glaring, whilst love or worry collide with strong experience, or whilst our attachment to an animal or wild position can't be denied.

In "Housewifely Arts," a unmarried mom and her son force hours to trace down an African grey parrot which can mimic her deceased mother's voice. A population-control activist faces the last word clash among her loyalty to the surroundings and her maternal hope in "Yesterday's Whales." And within the identify tale, a lonely naturalist permits an enticing stranger to guide her and her getting older father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.

As clever as they're relocating, the tales in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and perception into the remarkable energy that nature has over we all. This notable assortment introduces a tender author of outstanding expertise.

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