New Ploughshares Solo: “Biting the Moon” by Joan Frank

biting the moonWe’re excited to announce the release of our newest Ploughshares Solo, “Biting the Moon” by Joan Frank! In our Ploughshares Solos series, we publish longer stories and essays first in an affordable, digital format, and then in our annual Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Series. For more information and some great reading material, check out our previously published Solos, or the Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 2.

About “Biting the Moon”

It’s been years since the woman in “Biting the Moon” has seen her former lover Felix, a famous, Oscar-winning composer. But upon hearing the news of his sudden death, she mourns his loss by revisiting moments of their former life. Jumping in time from the pair’s first encounter at an artists’ colony to their rendezvous in cities across the US, the path the narrator takes toward acceptance is much like the jazz the couple loved so much: winding, unexpected, and beautiful.

“Biting the Moon” is available on for $2.99. 

Here’s an excerpt from the Solo:

It may be shameful, but I first glimpsed the news on Facebook. A reposted article from the Times, only hours old. How Felix would have loathed that—the social network seizing his death, batting it around like a beach ball, streaming along on the tickertape of kittens and cookies and sunsets, each subsequent comment (once the word got out) biting harder to leave deeper teeth marks. But how Felix would have loved the attention, the swaths of praise.

Oh man, would he have loved that praise.

And already it’s he would have. Grabbing at ownership as if it were the last drumstick. How quickly, how fluidly a man becomes past, thereby perfect. Where only moments before—warm, dense, maddening. Hopelessly imperfect.


About the Author

Joan Frank ( is the author of five books of fiction and a book of collected essays. Her last novel, Make it Stay, won the Dana Portfolio Award. Her last story collection, In Envy Country, won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and was named a finalist for the California Book Award. Frank’s book of essays, Because You Have To: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of many grants and awards, Frank is also a book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Northern California.