Review: Megan Mayhew Berman’s ‘Almost Famous Women’

January 3, 2015 11:47 PM

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Review: Megan Mayhew Berman’s ‘Almost Famous Women’

The women in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s vivid new story collection live just outside the limelight. Once, they had heydays, of a sort: on stage; on screen; on the battlefield; in front of a canvas. But as their modest lights faded, what was left was disappointment, bitterness and bravado.

“We’ve got something left to offer the world,” one performer insists, but her twin sister has reason to be skeptical: The glory days, such as they were, are over, and they are merely “two old showgirls bagging groceries at the Sack and Save in Aberdeen.” The fact that they’re conjoined twins makes t...

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