About this item

From the acclaimed author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise, a dazzling new collection that explores the lives of unforgettable women in history.The fascinating characters in Megan Mayhew Bergman's new stories are defined by their creative impulses, fierce independence, and sometimes reckless decisions. In "The Siege at Whale Cay," cross-dressing Standard Oil heiress Joe Carstairs seduces Marlene Dietrich. In "A High-Grade Bitch Sits Down for Lunch," aviator and writer Beryl Markham lives alone in Nairobi and engages in a battle of wills with a stallion. In "Hell-Diving Women," the first integrated, all-girl swing band sparks a violent reaction in North Carolina. Other heroines, born in proximity to the spotlight, struggle to distinguish themselves: Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde's wild niece, Dolly; Edna St.

About the Author

Megan Mayhew Bergman

Ten years ago, I never thought I'd live on a farm in Vermont, but here I am, with chickens, a veterinarian husband, two hard-charging daughters, too many dogs, and a worn in pair of muck boots. I still don't really know how to ski.

Things I like: Prince, George Michael, Stevie Nicks, yoga, vegetarian food, biographies about passionate women, short stories, beautiful sentences.

You can learn more about my work at www.mayhewbergman.com, or follow me on Twitter @mayhewbergman.

Read Next Recommendation

Discuss with your friends

Report incorrect product information.