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  • This Blue
    The Trench Garden
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  • A Warm Breath
    A Warm Breath
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  • Pleased To Be Otherwise
    Pleased To Be Otherwise
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  • Klopstock, or The Distant Sound
    Klopstock, or The Distant Sound
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  • Escape and Reverse
    Escape and Reverse
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    All of Us, We All Are Arameans
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Portrait
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Portrait
Kathleen Hill
Young and naive, Kathleen Hill moves to newly independent Nigeria with her husband to teach at Igbobi College. It is the early 1960s, and Hill is soon caught up in the swirl of the times: the legacy of colonialism, chaos back in America, and violence and racism that reach across the globe to intrude even into the calm school where she teaches her students English literature.
The Trench Garden
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Urchin
Lisa Heiserman Perkins
Living under the shadow of two gifted parents, Astrid Nordling feels trapped everywhere but at the piano, finding solace in Schubert and Debussy. Her piano teacher is convinced that she is a prodigy; her mother is not so sure. Set in 1960s Chicago, this excerpt from Lisa Heiserman Perkins' upcoming novel shows that there can be such a thing as too much talent in a single family. As Astrid competes with her dramatic, high-strung mother for the spotlight, their tug-of-war threatens to pull the family apart.
The Trench Garden
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The Trench Garden
L.C. Fiore
As the Second World War rages in Europe, two undergraduates in Tennessee work a summer job for a celebrated poetry professor, W. T. Harlan, as he supervises the clearing of a ravine to make a garden. At their side is a German POW, watched by military guard, who has been sent to help them with their task. One of the boys, Benjamin Mason, is from a wealthy family and aspires to be a poet; the other, Steven Darby yearns simply to escape his corner of America and explore the world. As they work, they will get to know the German soldier next to them and the brilliant, unhappy W. T. Harlan. By the end of the summer, through the experience of war, poetry, and tragedy, all of their lives will be transformed.
This Blue
Aurelie Sheehan
Sophie Forrest writes horror stories because she sees faces in the walls; men with their heads in their laps materialize in front of her when she's trying to enjoy her cafe creme; her former lover is marrying someone else amid oyster brunches and tennis matches. Born in France, Sophie returns to her birthplace on a quest to find not the place where she was a child but her childhood itself. Her poor French and the mistake of a cab driver results in her stepping into the Hotel Placide, an ancient house of blue walls and blue curtains and blue rugs, in which she encounters an aspiring nun, a trigger-happy little boy, and a quiet, enigmatic farmer.
The Outside Passage
Brendan Jones
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?
The Living
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The Living
Christopher Castellani
Even with a successful career as a lawyer and a beautiful wife, Tony Greto is tormented by his secrets—secrets that finally begin to surface at his 25th high school reunion. An impromptu speech in front of his entire class and an encounter with a former classmate's son begin to unravel the threads of Tony's seemingly settled life. In this modern retelling of James Joyce's "The Dead," acclaimed novelist Christopher Castellani ensnares you with a night in the life of an ordinary man struggling to reconcile the rift between who he is and who he's pretending to be.





The Genie at Low Tide
Paul Byall
Josh Cooper, Rookie of the Year in 1972 but out of the majors by 1973, his pitching career ended by a sharp line drive to his forehead, returns to his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, where he "wallows in idleness" for over three decades when, on his 60th birthday, a young woman shows up, claiming to be his daughter from one of the many one-night stands of his youth.

Now, after years of chasing women, casual drinking, and recreational fishing, Cooper is forced to share his life with a strange young woman who keeps badgering him to eat healthier and clean up after himself, and seems to be harboring secrets of her own. "The Genie at Low Tide" is a story of the mysterious, magical encounters that force us to re-examine our lives, even when we seem to have come to the end of the line.





A Warm Breath
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A Warm Breath
Scott Nadelson
In this gripping and wide-ranging essay, Nadelson deals with his grief after the premature death of a close friend, coupled with the joy accompanying the birth of his first child. Everything he now does—from caring for his daughter to wandering the streets of his run-down neighborhood in Oregon—starts to feel like a betrayal. Nadelson looks over his life, thinking about his run-in with a Soho cab driver, a college Halloween party spent with his dead friend, and his favorite Chekhov story, "Grief." Over the course of the essay, Nadelson tries to understand why he is falling apart and what he can do to put himself back together.
Pleased To Be Otherwise
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Pleased To Be Otherwise
Gina Ochsner
Timi, a boy in Uzbekistan, navigates a strange world of camel breeding, half-understood Islamic doctrine, Mexican soap operas dubbed into Uzbek, and the legacy of widespread pollution from the Soviet era, all while dreaming of doing death-defying stunts on his rickety motorcycle. Lonely and accident-prone, Timi befriends an American humanitarian worker in a struggling marriage, tries to avoid his father's frequent rages, and plans out the astonishing motorcycle jump that will give meaning to his life. A brilliant, comic look at an almost unknown country and its fascinating contradictions.
The Elegant Solution
Jim Tilley
"A mathematician," G. H. Hardy wrote, "like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns." Throughout his childhood, Jim Tilley was encouraged to discover such patterns through the mathematical puzzles his father posed for him to solve. Never satisfied with ordinary solutions, his father insisted on mathematical elegance. Always more comfortable in the realm of the mind, he could never bring himself to give Tilley a hug; they'd merely shake hands on parting. Both father and son set standards for intellectual achievement so high it was difficult to ever be satisfied. Now, as his father loses his grip on his mind in old age, Tilley, concerned that he is glimpsing his own future, looks back on the decisions he has made in his life and tries to locate the points at which ambition and drive cross the line into unhealthy obsession.
Klopstock, or The Distant Sound
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Klopstock, or The Distant Sound
Robert Cohen
In 1924, hoping to cure his illness, Franz Kafka traveled to a sanatorium in Kierling, Austria, run by a Dr. Hugo Hoffman. He would spend his last days there. In Robert Cohen's story, we see the end of Kafka's life through Dr. Hoffman's eyes. The doctor attempts to decipher the dying man's enigmatic communications, scribbled on scraps of paper, while being harried by Kafka's friend, Klopstock, and a young woman who has fallen in love with the then-unknown writer. As the case progresses, the once practical and upstanding doctor gets pulled deeper and deeper into his strange patient's world.
Escape and Reverse
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Escape and Reverse
Chelsey Johnson
High school wrestler Jake Persson is living on vitamins and diet Mountain Dew as he fights to make weight at the height of championship season. In the small mining town in northern Minnesota's Iron Range where Jake lives, this is the most exciting thing that has happened in years. During his last meet, Jake confronts his future and the unnerving sense that his own body and desires are starting to betray him. Chelsey Johnson writes a gripping story about hunger, control, and wrestling down desire.
All of Us, We All Are Arameans
Eileen Pollack
Stuck with a plane ticket to Israel bought for her by a Polish Catholic ex-boyfriend, Eileen Pollack sets out on a hectic, solitary journey around the country, cataloging the region's rich history, natural beauty, and troubled politics, while examining her own complicated relationship to her Jewish faith and heritage. In this darkly comic, incisive, and nuanced essay, Pollack upends the reader's expectations as well as her own. A travel essay filled with bewilderment, outrage, humor, and faith, "All of Us, We All Are Arameans" takes us on a trip around Israel and the West Bank that few American tourists would have the chutzpah to attempt.
Phoenix
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Working off the books at a small goat farm in Vermont, without a birth certificate, a driver's license, or a credit card, Phoenix is as close as a young person can get to disappearing in modern America. Intelligent and lonely, the child of free-spirited parents, she takes her modest pay at the farm and waits for a sense of what her next step should be. As she navigates the mysteries of her own birth and parentage, and lives with the crumbling marriage of the couple that owns the farm, Phoenix looks for direction through her work and her care of another lonely creature, a wounded goat named Jesus. (This Solo also features an interview with the author about the inspiration behind her work and life in her adopted home-state of Vermont.)
Daydream Nation
John Duncan Talbird
The year is 1989 in Los Angeles, and Miles Jameson is about to graduate from high school. The last big party of high school is approaching, along with the end of a turbulent decade, and Miles has only a vague desire to "work with his hands" (his girlfriend points out that this is a bit trite). Marked with the disaffection and apathy that filled a particular era, and that has always marked adolescence, author John Duncan Talbird gives us a rollicking and bacchanalian look at the challenge of making something of yourself, even when it seems there is little to work with.
Lady of the Burlesque Ballet
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Lady of the Burlesque Ballet
Timothy Schaffert
In a topsy-turvy ragtime era of side-shows and bamboozlers, Irish Maupin goes from street urchin to burlesque star. Plucked from the streets as a girl and fattened up for candy-factory advertising, she navigates a sensational career around heart-break and loneliness, gaining and losing hundreds of pounds, manipulated by the men around her even as she defies them. From acclaimed Nebraska author Timothy Schaffert, this inaugural Ploughshares Solo is a surreal adult fairy tale about obesity, murder, and how we change our bodies to meet the needs of others.