A Chinese girl abducted and imported illegally into the syndicated New Orleans sex trade befriends one of her handlers scheming to escape and fulfill her dreams of living the American dream—like she knows from seeing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. After many attempts to gain freedom, she finally succeeds in escaping but not to the world of her dream.
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
Music: “Bye, Bye Blackbird”