We’re excited to announce the release of our most recent Ploughshares Solo, “Confession” by Bill Roorbach! Ploughshares Solos are stories and essays too long for our traditional print journal that we publish in an affordable, digital format nine times a year. For more information and some great reading material, check out our previously published Solos, or the just-released Ploughshares Solos Omnibus Volume 3.
When asked out by a pastor, the sarcastic narrator of “Confession” lets intrigue get the best of her and agrees to a date. The two meet at a bar and instantly develop feelings for each other. Between drinks, the couple gets into a lively discussion of truth, sin, and, much to the narrator’s surprise, sex. Will the confessions revealed over the night bring them closer together, or stop their growing attraction in its tracks?
“Confession” is available on pshares.org for $1.99.
Here’s an excerpt from the Solo:
He ordered a Manhattan on the rocks, whisky where I’d been thinking maybe that glass of wine, flicker of mistrust. But part of me is a big believer in pairing drinks with dates.
“Manhattan,” I said, “straight up.”
“Okay, straight up,” he said, crossing over.
Part of me couldn’t leave it alone: “You wear the collar cuz women want to conquer it.”
“No, I wear it because I’m an Episcopalian pastor.”
“You’re a challenge wearing that, and you know it.”
We sipped our drinks.
About the Author
Bill Roorbach is the author most recently of The Remedy for Love, which was a finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize in Fiction. Life Among Giants won the Maine Literary Award for fiction in 2012. Two memoirs on nature, Temple Stream and Into Woods, have just been reissued in quality paperback editions by Down East Books. Big Bend won the Flannery O’Connor Prize, and its title story won an O. Henry Award. His craft book, Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memory into Memoir, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature, is used in writing programs around the world. He lives in western Maine and writes full time.
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