Almost Famous Women

Almost Famous Women

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Book - 2015
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A collection of stories that explores the lives of talented, gutsy women throughout history. Now Megan Mayhew Bergman resurrects these women, lets them live in the reader's imagination, so we can explore their difficult choices. Nearly every story in this collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity--she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band. We see Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde's troubled niece, Dolly; "West With the Night" author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay's sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476786568
1476786569
9781476786575
Branch Call Number: F BERGM-M
Characteristics: 236 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm

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peacebenow
Jul 20, 2017

Mayhew is an excellent writer and all these stories were well told. I mostly felt a sense of doom while reading so wasn't sad when this book ended

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Giddyfeet
Sep 26, 2016

The story about the twins (connected) is almost too surreal to pass up. Read with one eye shut- then tell a friend she has to read it too. Hard to believe these women went through life like that...

QueenBoadicea Jul 17, 2015

These short stories touch the lives of women who slipped sideways through history, the ones attached to more famous siblings or who were ostracized because of race, color or sexual orientation. Some of these names were not so obscure as the writer would have us think. Dolly Wilde, Allegra (Byron’s illegitimate daughter) and Beryl Markham are names that I’ve heard about elsewhere. But these little fictions give them such breadth and weight, I couldn’t help but want to know more about them.

None of these stories are biographies, merely imagined and imaginary vignettes peering into the hearts of their female protagonists. Sometimes, the woman herself is only peripheral to the story, acting as a catalyst or providing a jolt of memory to a stranger briefly touched by her life. But, whether grim, insouciant, drug filled, pathetic or joyous, these ladies come alive in a way that makes them seem absolutely diverting. Knowing them might bring others pain but they suffuse ordinary lives with a rapture they would not have known otherwise.

FindingJane Jul 17, 2015

These short stories touch the lives of women who slipped sideways through history, the ones attached to more famous siblings or who were ostracized because of race, color or sexual orientation. Some of these names were not so obscure as the writer would have us think. Dolly Wilde, Allegra (Byron’s illegitimate daughter) and Beryl Markham are names that I’ve heard about elsewhere. But these little fictions give them such breadth and weight, I couldn’t help but want to know more about them.

None of these stories are biographies, merely imagined and imaginary vignettes peering into the hearts of their female protagonists. Sometimes, the woman herself is only peripheral to the story, acting as a catalyst or providing a jolt of memory to a stranger briefly touched by her life. But, whether grim, insouciant, drug filled, pathetic or joyous, these ladies come alive in a way that makes them seem absolutely diverting. Knowing them might bring others pain but they suffuse ordinary lives with a rapture they would not have known otherwise.

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