Megan Mayhew Bergman “How Strange a Season” Book Discussion

Join in an in-person event with Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of “How Strange a Season.”


[In Conversation with Bill McKibben and Robin MacArthur]
March 30 @ 6:00 pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Rd.
Manchester, Vermont 05254
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[In Conversation with Leigh Newman]
March 31 @ 7:00 pm
The Center for Fiction
15 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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About the Author:

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Her short fiction has appeared in two volumes of The Best American Short Stories and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has written columns on climate change and the natural world for The Guardian and The Paris Review. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New YorkerTin HousePloughsharesOxford AmericanOrion, and elsewhere. She teaches literature and environmental writing at Middlebury College, where she also serves as director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. She lives on a small farm in Vermont.

About the Book:

Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by The Millions, Thrillist, LitHub, The Week, and more

An evocative and engrossing collection of new stories and a novella about women experiencing life’s challenges and beauty from the award-winning writer Megan Mayhew Bergman.

A recently separated woman fills a huge terrarium with endangered flowers to establish a small world only she can control in an attempt to heal her broken heart. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. A peach farmer wonders if her orchard will survive a drought. And generations of a family in South Carolina struggle with fidelity and their cruel past, some clinging to old ways and others painfully carving new paths.

In these haunting stories, Megan Mayhew Bergman portrays women who wrestle with problematic inheritances: a modern glass house on a treacherous California cliff, a water-starved ranch, and an abandoned plantation on a river near Charleston. Bergman’s provocative prose asks the questions: what are we leaving behind for our descendants to hold, and what price will they pay for our mistakes?

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