Podcast #19, The Surgeon’s Wife, a novel read by the author, installment 1

The Surgeon's Wife

Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital when he is called upon to make tough decisions about his partner, Clayton Otherson, a distinguished and influential surgeon who is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Mike owes his career to Clayton and wants to help his colleague and friend. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; Mike and Catherine fall in love. Clayton become obsessed with revenge as Mike and Catherine struggle to keep their love and future in face of an unforgiving, critical New Orleans society.

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Podcast #18, the short story “The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings”, by William H. Coles

The Thirteen Nudes of Ernst Goings

The daughter of a well-respected portrait painter confronts the reaction of the community to the series of nude portraits her father painted of a young woman and must respond to rumors the town has disseminated based on more than a few carnal interpretation of the paintings. The daughter, as her father’s business manager, scrambles to squelch the rumors before the grand opening of the show in Boston but discovers truths that result in drastic actions.

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

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Podcast #17, the short story “Curse of a Lonely Heart”, by William H. Coles

Curse of a Lonely Heart

A former college roommate Peter comes to university to interview and Tony and his wife Amanda invite the roommate to dinner. Tony’s attraction and always unstated affection for Peter intensifies. The couples, at a sit-down dinner, listen as guest Peter tells a story of sexism and poorly disguised misogyny. Tony must decide whether or not to defend Peter and his decision alters his life.

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

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Podcast #16, the short story “The Activist”, by William H. Coles

The Activist

The younger daughter of a mother battling against the society and humanity with misdirected fervor that when her first grandchild dies in the womb of her elder daughter, the mother seeks vengeance on erroneously perceived injustice; her younger daughter realizes she is of age and must make decisions that her mother does not agree.

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

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Podcast #15, the short story “The Perennial Student”, by William H. Coles

The Perennial Student

An insecure, uptight, assistant professor of English denies his suppressed attraction to a precociously arduous and passionate student in his evening noncredit creative writing course with twisted consequences that could deny his desire to be full professor.

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

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