Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

Fiction: "Hidden Works" by Sasha Troyan

Published in Ploughshares, the literary journal

By Ken Brosky
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I hadn't noticed before that Ploughshares Literary Journal was so generous with their past issues, but now that I know it, I'm going to have to spend a lot more time on their site. If I had to guess, I would say that they probably keep their most recent issue available only via print, but once it becomes a back-issue they put everything up online for interested visitors to check out.

Nope. I'm wrong, as usual. Since my mind operates mostly in ADHD form nowadays, I spent the last ten minutes looking through back issues after writing that first paragraph, and it looks like Ploughshares only offers up a certain amount of content online at any given time.

But the site is worth checking out regardless of online content. It's got a lot of great fiction, non-fiction and poetry available for free, and a subscription is only $24.

Like the title suggested, I found a short story that I really enjoyed, and being the liberal I am, I wanted to share it with you.

Here's a little snippet of "Hidden Works," by Sasha Troyan:

 I had seen the advertisement in The Lady. It was the last advertisement and on the back of a page. The typed words skidded into the top margin and I had to turn the magazine in order to read it. I think it went something like Looking for capable nanny with excellent references to take care of two darling girls, ages eight and ten. A third child on its way. Handsome wages. Must be willing to move to Paris. Contact Mrs. Hadfield at Brown s Hotel.
     I thought Id love to move to Paris. I even liked the sound of their name. The word darling caught my attention. Its not the sort of word one expects to find in an advertisement. But what attracted me above all was the thought of the baby not yet born. What could I not do, if I had him or her from day one! 

 

Click here to read the entire short story.

For those of you interested in learning about how you can contribute to Ploughshares, here's the submission info. Make sure you spend a good amount of time on their site, because despite their "guest editor" format, there are definitely some things they enjoy reading about ...

Cheers!

Ken Brosky

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