Fiction. The New York Times praised "Margaret Meyers's impressionistic and lovely first collection of stories, Swimming in the Congo, where life along the banks of the Congo River means confronting many disquieting realities." The review notes that "Ms. Meyers, who spent much of her own youth in what is now Zaire, relates... [these stories] with intelligence and restraint, while dipping knowingly into equatorial Africa's political and racial divides." Those same divides underscore the tensions many of the characters in the stories of DISLOCATION experience. In this new collection, Meyers moves effortlessly from Africa, where she revisits some of the themes of her earlier collection, to Renaissance Florence and the contemporary settings of Chicago and an east coast seminary. For those readers who savor the beauty of a well-crafted sentence, Meyers's prose offers endless delights. These stories and characters in all their diversity and subtlety plumb the depths of the heart.
Mark Willen @ Late Last Night Books
Margaret Meyers was born in Brussels, Belgium, and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daughter and granddaughter of missionaries, she lived at nine different mission stations in Equateur Province and graduated from the Ubangi Academy in northwestern Congo. She moved to the U.S. to further her education, earning a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, an M.A. in Philosophy from DePaul University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, where she was the recipient of a Henry Hoyns Grant. She has taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, St. Albans School, and the American University. Since 2000 she has taught in the Johns Hopkins M.A. in Writing Program. Her previous short story collection, Swimming in the Congo (Milkweed), was selected a book of the year by the New York Public Library. Author City: WASHINGTON, DC USA