New Ploughshares Solo: “Bad Books”

Back in 2012, Ploughshares, the prestigious and well-established literary magazine based at Emerson College, started releasing a series of digital longer-form stories and essays called Solos. Their newest Solo has just been released. Here’s a little bit about “Bad Books” by Clare Needham:

Sofia is in a rut. Her dissertation work is stalled, and her life seems to be one gray day after another. When an elderly scholar, Monsieur Charles Vinson, invites her to his house in Villeneuve-les-Avignon to spend the summer writing and cataloging his dead father’s papers, she jumps at the offer. There, she spends her days flipping through relics of the past century, burrowing deeper into the troubled history of the Vinson family. In the process, she uncovers secrets both innocuous and dangerous–and will, perhaps, find her own work worth doing.

“Bad Books” is available from or as a Kindle Single. And, if you’re over at the Ploughshares site, check out their redesign, and be sure to stop by their blog, where they’re killing it on literary/writing/craft posts!