Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Romaine Remains" by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Of the title of Megan Mayhew Bergman's most recent collection, Almost Famous Women, my teenage daughter moaned out loud. "That's a terrible title. It's so heartbreaking, so tragic. Why would you read that? It's got to be depressing."

She was wrong. And right. This was a collection of tragic and heartbreaking stories. But reading it was anything but depressing. In fact, in Mayhew Bergman's capable hands; in her gorgeous and pinpoint prose; in her honest telling, there is something very uplifting about these stories created about real women in history.

Despite the author's talents, part of the joy I experienced in reading this collection was surely brought about by the fact that, finally..., finally, these stories are being shared. Although the women at the heart of these pieces are long gone, Mayhew Bergman brings them back to life in characters that will live forever. And I find something really positive in that.  

Anyway, as share worthy as the stories are, let me share one with you.

"Romaine Remains" by Megan Mayhew Bergman, published by AGNI.

Megan Mayhew Bergman

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