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Here is a link to a short interview with Bergman. Her response to the first question was very helpful for me. It allowed me to understand her stories better. She also speaks a little bit about her writing process and influences. http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/megan-mayhew-bergman/

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A major theme throughout Birds of a Lesser Paradise has been mother-daughter relationships. However, in this story the mother’s role is reduced to a few paragraphs which tell us about her Christmas village collection that she willed to her daughter after her death. The narrator felt as if her mother was telling her to have  a […]

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Bergman’s “Night Hunting”  was a story about life and death.  It explores the relationship between a mother and her young.  Bergman forces the reader to feel a sadness towards the way the food chain works.  Even though the coyotes were something to be feared, you felt bad for them because they are only trying to […]

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Megan Mayhew Bergman is able to take a seemingly average life and twist it into an incredible emotional struggle. In “Night Hunting,” the narrator is a teenage girl who is trying to come to terms with the fact that her mother is dying of breast cancer. Throughout the story, Hannah is caught between having to […]

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Bergman’s decision to begin each paragraph without a transition into the next thought proved to be very effective due to the narrator’s attitude towards her bad luck concerning love. She is very indecisive throughout the story, and the depths of her confusion are shown through juxtaposed syntax. I think it’s interesting that she has such […]

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The Urban Coop

I felt that what this story is about is much more explicitly discussed in the writing. It isn’t so much a case of what the narrator isn’t saying, as it has been in other pieces we’ve read. I don’t feel as though Bergman shies away from talking about her characters’ anxieties at all. Is she able […]

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The narrator of “The Urban Coop” story faces a similar predicament to that of the narrator in “Yesterday’s Whales” – she is with a man who is focused on his career and who is not interested in procreating, while she wants a child, as she comes to learn, desperately. So how does Bergman make this […]

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  I found this story to be very compelling. The main character seems to have several complex emotions that swirl around her throughout the story. She is suffering from guilt. This guilt, I believe, is the reason she wants a baby. She is at a point in her life when she sees her mortality as […]

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Bergman’s story “Another Story She Won’t Believe” was different than most stories about addiction and regret.  I enjoyed it because it showed a side of humanity that I think a lot of people are unwilling to admit to: the side that doesn’t try to change for a good cause.  The narrator is an alcoholic who […]

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One of the things that made “The Cow That Milked Herself” a successful story was its ability to almost immediately establish for the reader a close connection with the narrator.  On the first page alone so many things are presented.  Wood is introduced; you find out that the narrator is pregnant; you find out Wood’s […]

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