Podcast #4, the short story “The Stonecutter”, by William H. Coles

The Stonecutter

An adolescent boy, the only son of an illiterate gravestone cutter, falls in love with one of his father’s beautiful clients and during his fatuous, one-sided affair he finds admiration and love for a father he’s silently scorned and dishonored for as long as he can remember.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.

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Podcast #3, the short story “Speaking of the Dead”, by William H. Coles

Speaking of the Dead

A story about a man’s anger for his dead wife who he despised for her betrayal and rejection for whom he reluctantly agreed to deliver a eulogy at the burial. He discovers the power of forgiveness, through an unanticipated acquaintance with a college student.

Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.

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Podcast #2, the short story “The Amish Girl”, by William H. Coles

The Amish Girl by William H. Coles

At a small Midwest college a failing college student takes summer courses to stay in school and is charmed by the innocent beauty of an Amish girl selling pastries and baked goods on a street in  an adjacent village. The shy girl ignores him at first but as his attraction intensifies they must face inevitable cultural disapproval that may threaten opposition to a future together.

Award winning short story in both the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

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Podcast #1, the short story “The Gift”, by William H. Coles

The Gift

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.

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