The Outside Passage (Solo 2.3)

Solo cover: a black, white, and red salmon with two spears behind it under blue waves

The Outside Passage (Solo 2.3)


When Tara Marconi leaves South Philadelphia on a whim to travel to Alaska for a job in a salmon hatchery, she quickly learns the cardinal rule on Baranof Island: "Work longer and harder than the person, usually male, beside you. And you'll do fine." Eager to prove herself, Tara works her way up at a cannery, studies subsistence with a native Tlingit hunter and gatherer, and earns a job on a boat crew. One by one, she finds that all of them want more from her than she is willing to give. 

As Tara develops into a strong, work-hardened fisherwoman, she struggles with how to square her life in Alaska with her growing desire to return to Philadelphia. Is home something you can build with your own hard work, or is it something you're born into? 

An excerpt from author Brendan Jones' forthcoming debut novel, The Alaskan Laundry, this Ploughshares Solo explores the wilderness and fishing industry of America's last frontier, a land of exceptional beauty and deep human need.