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Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman’s powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can’t be denied.
In “Housewifely Arts”, a single mother and her son drive hours to track down an African gray parrot that can mimic her deceased mother’s voice. A population-control activist faces the ultimate conflict between her loyalty to the environment and her maternal desire in “Yesterday’s Whales”. And in the title story, a lonely naturalist allows an attractive stranger to lead her and her aging father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.
As intelligent as they are moving, the stories in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are alive with emotion, wit, and insight into the impressive power that nature has over all of us. “This is a poignant prose menagerie” (Associated Press).
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By Tony on 12-10-12
A WONDERFUL COLLECTION
This book is a wonderful collection of short stories that link human experience with animal nature. Whether as a metaphor or as an adjunct to a particular story the animals assist the telling of all of the poignant vignettes that comprise this lovely book. The narrator does an exemplary job of subtly adjusting to the feel of each of the stories. By the way Malachai ( spelling ? ) is a looney tune... my opinion, of course !
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By T. Schram on 03-10-15
I was not prepared...
... For this book to be a series of long-ish stories. Not long enough to be novels, or even novellas, but longer than "short," stories. At first I was very disappointed, because I dislike short stories... They are never long enough to bring the reader into the story completely, like a book, but longer than just the intro-story-denouement that a simple story might be. These surprising stories are really good, though. Each one could very easily be developed into a novel, and for
many, please advise when that happens; I look
forward to that happy day. I highly recommend this group of vignettes of human life. They are placed from different viewpoints, but all are full of life. Highly recommend it!!