Podcast #1, the short story “The Gift”, by William H. Coles
A mother, fearing social disdain, sends her pregnant teenager daughter to a convent in France to deliver the baby for adoption. The infant girl is deformed and adoption fails but the daughter loves the child and must try to raise her to thrive and succeed despite a parent’s objections.
Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
To date, 206,761 readers have accessed this story online alone, not including print and audio and in collection sales.
This story and thirty-two others are available online free for listening or reading, and download: https://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/stories-novels
An Illustrated print version is available: Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles; 2000-2016
Music: “Pachelbel Canon”
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