Megan Mayhew Bergman

lives on a small farm in rural Vermont with her veterinarian husband and two daughters. Her story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Scribner), was a Huffington Post Best Book of 2012, a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, and an Indie Next pick. Her novel, Shepherd, Wolf, will be published in 2014.

Saving Butterfly McQueen

Before we slice the thirty-odd cadavers open, a Unitarian chaplain offers a prayer. It’s a hot August day in Baltimore. The breeze stirs the magnolia trees outside the lab window; the leaves scratch the glass and block the sun,…