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.
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