We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest solo, “Blue River Hotel” by Stephen Henighan!
Sitting at a crossroads in the Guatemalan highlands, the Blue River Hotel has served as witness to the conflict and consequences of the country’s civil war. After a Canadian traveler passes through, he’s forced to question the life he’s chosen and consider the effects of leaving his career and his fiancée behind for an uncertain future with a woman who unexpectedly enters his life. Edited by Ploughshares’ Editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph, “Blue River Hotel” is a poignant and provocative addition to the Ploughshares Solos series.
Read an excerpt from the Solo:
The first time he shared a room at the Hotel Río Azul with a woman, he was young and the country was at war. The government celebrated the New Year by announcing that the war had ended in a victory for the Army. On New Year’s day the UNGR guerrillas struck back, blacking out the electricity in eleven cities. The war ground into its thirty-fifth year. In the morning, when he caught a rattling Bluebird school bus north from the market in Chichicastenango, the edge of town was rimmed with soldiers. At each roadblock, the passengers opened their documents, then stood by the side of the road while gaunt, dwarf-like teenagers in skin-tight uniforms clambered into the bus’s interior and prodded the barrels of their Galils at the dark green upholstery.
Read “Blue River Hotel” today for $1.99!
Stephen Henighan has published more than a dozen books, ranging from novels to short story collections to nonfiction and academic criticism on Guatemalan and Nicaraguan literature. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Lettre Internationale, The May Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge Short Stories, Best Canadian Stories, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and Prairie Fire, and he has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canada Prize in the Humanities, a McNally Robinson Fiction Prize, and the Malahat Novella Prize, among others. He teaches Latin American literature at the University of Guelph, Ontario.
About Ploughshares Solos
Ploughshares Solos is a digital-first platform for long-form stories and essays, edited by Ploughshares’ Editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph. New Solos are published nine times a year, and are available for download on Kindle, Nook, iPad, or Kobo.
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