Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Short Fiction

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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Internal Lives—Megan Mayhew Bergman & Andrea Barrett
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman
How Strange a Season
Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett
Natural History

Natural History is masterful new collection of interconnected stories National Book Award–winning author. Andrea Barrett. In Natural History,  she completes the beautiful arc of intertwined lives of a family of scientists, teachers, and innovators that she has been weaving through multiple books since her National Book Award–winning collection, Ship Fever.

 In Megan Mayhew Bergman’s How Strange the Season, a recently separated woman fills a huge terrarium with rare flowers to establish control over a small world and attempt to heal her broken heart. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. 

This masterful collection from a celebrated Vermont author portrays women who wrestle with problematic inheritances. 

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Short Intimacies—David Means & Cara Blue Adams
David Means
David Means
Two Nurses Smoking
Cara Blue Adams
Cara Blue Adams
You Never Get It Back

Cara Blue Adams is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. The linked stories in this observant collection offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of Kate, moving between her childhood in the countryside of Vermont to her adult years in the Northeast, Southwest and South. 

In David Means’s virtuosic new collection, Two Nurses Smoking, time unfolds in unexpected ways: a single, quiet moment swells with the echoes of a widower’s complicated marriage; a dachshund, given a new name and a new life by a new owner, catches the scent of the troubled man who previously abandoned her; young lovers become old; estranged couples return to their vows; and those who have died live on in perpetuity in the memories of those whom they touched.