Water Baby; Five Novellas

Each story evokes a historical period beginning with the Mayflower's landing in Plymouth to the Second World War. Bergman explores the imagined lives of a Puritan orphan girl, Houdini and Freud, Upstate New York during the building of the Ashokan Reservoir, a young Jewish girl sold into slavery in 19th century Seattle and the lives of Holocaust refugees soon after they arrive in America. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466161849
About Carol Bergman

Carol Bergman’s short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been published in Willow Review, Onion Review, A Room of One’s Own, Absinthe Literary Review, The Bridge, Potpourri, Epiphany and many other publications in the US and the UK. “Objects of Desire,” appearing in Lilith and Whetstone Literary Review was nominated for a 1999 Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. “Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories,” with a foreword by John le Carré, was published by Orbis Books (US/​Canada) and Earthscan Books (UK/​Commowealth) in October, 2003 and was nominated for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. It has been translated into Korean and Chinese. Her feature articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in numerous publications in the UK and the US including The New York Times, The Times (of London), The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily News Magazine, The Amsterdam News, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World, Family Circle, Art Times, Cineaste, and Salon.com. She is the author of two film biographies (Mae West & Sidney Poitier) and the ghostwriter of Captain Kangaroo’s autobiography, "Growing Up Happy." A memoir, "Searching for Fritzi," was published in 1999. A book of novellas, "Sitting for Klimt," was published in 2007 and has received the Barnes & Noble/​iUniverse Editor’s Choice, Publisher’s Choice and Reader’s Choice awards. It is permanently installed in the Neue Galerie Bookstore. Her first murder mystery, “Say Nothing,”was published in 2010.

Carol has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She is one of the founding faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop and has been teaching in the NYU writing program since 1997. She is also a writing coach, book doctor, and editor. Most of her private clients are working on books, but a few are experimenting with shorter forms. Most have succeeded in getting their work published. Others have completed essays for MFA applications or personal family histories that they have self-published, or presented as memoirs to publishers and agents.

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