Our Pshares Singles eBook series allows us to publish long-form submissions every month in a format that is affordable and easily accessible. We’ve had a great response to our first two Pshares Singles, Timothy Schaffert’s “Lady of the Burlesque Ballet” and John Duncan Talbird’s “Daydream Nation.” We’re excited to announce the third addition to our series: “Phoenix” by 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.
An excerpt from the story:
My parents, I learned at an early age, are not the kind of people the world cheers on.