How Strange a Season: Fiction

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Scribner Book Company
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5.9 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds

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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 Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, Oxford American, Orion, 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.
"An extraordinary, unnerving, and beautiful book. Bergman writes with preternatural wisdom, delivering urgent stories of radical independence and toughness in a world on fire. Like the women who helm them, 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, author of Borne

"A gorgeous collection featuring strong women, or women on their way to becoming strong, often while aiming to do some good. There is an atmosphere here--a kind of skewed quality that makes many of these stories disquieting. 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

"This is a remarkable collection about women reckoning with the past and insistently forging a future in an often unforgiving, confusing and exacting world. Like all of Megan Mayhew Bergman's work, How Strange A Season is heart-forward, keen-eyed, haunting, and wonderfully satisfying." --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of Good Company

"These are extraordinary stories. They'll make you think deeply, maybe uncomfortably, always interestingly." --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
"Stories so beautifully crafted they feel like tiny worlds unto themselves." --LA Times

"Dazzling. . . . a collection of horror stories couched in the glittering worlds of privilege. . . . The women who haunt these pages -- former beauties, former athletes, formerly full of potential -- have been kneecapped by the patriarchy." --Samantha Hunt, New York Times Book Review, Editor's Pick

"Nature, in Ms. Bergman's telling, is wondrous but barbed, bearing the curses of love's betrayals. . . . richly satisfying." --Wall Street Journal

"Bergman builds poignant scenarios big and small, from a woman building a terrarium of rare flowers as a heartbreak cure to a peach farmer battling drought." --Thrillist

"Bergman's characters are unfailingly human--steeped in paradox and grace--and her new collection is pensive, playful, and ambitious. . . . Bergman is a sensitive, essential writer." --The Millions

"Bergman's fiction is full of smart, vulnerable people struggling with love and preoccupied by power." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Bergman's stories are so emotionally rich that they serve as portals into distinct interior worlds. . . . this collection is distinct and vivid, each story burrowing inside the reader's brain to leave an indelible mark. As singular as it is atmospheric." --Kirkus (starred review)

"These are stories you want to live in. . . . In a collection perfectly suited for our moment, Bergman examines what remains of what was given to us and suggests how we might move on as the world continues to change around us." --Booklist (starred review)

"Mayhew Bergman is one of the best authors out there for chronicling our tangled, intimate, complicated relationship to the natural world; her elegant, lyrical prose documents an evolving crisis and our incorrigibly human responses to it." --Lit Hub

"An alluring collection centered on women grappling with their circumstances. . . . Bergman emboldens her characters with wit and a shimmering sense of self-awareness. Her attention to details is uncanny. . . . Though alienated from the lives they either once enjoyed or from the futures they yearn for, the characters demonstrate immense mettle. Bergman's fans will savor each story." --Publishers Weekly