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 “Villa Bohème” by Kevin A. González:
Villa Bohème is a Puerto Rican motel where, in the words of one of the “strays” who have assembled there, the people are biding their time. They drink, they play darts, they wait on the beach for something to happen. This washed-up place is run by a washed-up lawyer with one remaining client, and into it steps Tito, the lawyer’s son, fourteen years old, smart and surly, fleeing his mother and her annoying boyfriend. Amid the various lost people who inhabit the motel, Tito begins to make his way into adulthood, serving drinks, reading Judy Blume books in secret, fantasizing about the sexy bartender, and navigating the heady atmosphere of Puerto Rican politics.
“Villa Bohème” is available from www.pshares.org 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!