Literary Story: Structure, Imagination, Enjoyment, Meaning
Story in Literary Fiction: essays, interviews, stories, advice
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William H. Coles

Original Award Winning
Short Stories
by William H. Coles

"Inside the Matryoshka"
A trucker breaks his rule about hitchhikers to discover evil in someone he comes to care about.

"Speaking of the Dead"
At a double funeral the librarian husband--who has been spurned--of the mother and the college roommate of the daughter both meet for the first time and struggle to prepare eulogies for those dead they didn't like.

"The Necklace"
Two couples on tour find new meaning in their lives after the theft of a precious necklace.

"The Golden Flute"
Two women with declining allure fight for supremacy for the men in their lives.

"The Amish Girl"
A girl and boy in love challenge diverse cultural values.

"Dr. Greiner's Day in Court"
A young girl comes of age when her father is charged with murder.

"The Cart Boy"
A store manager befriends an employee.

"Big Gene"
A black piano player infiltrates the KKK in the cultural wars of the seventies.

A mother grieves her former boyfriend and sees her daughter in a new light.

"The War of the Flies"
A grandmother helps her grandson maneuver in the custody battle of his parents.

"Father Ryan"
A Catholic priest confronts lust.

"Sister Carrie"
Forced by circumstances to mother her younger sister, Jessie Broward learns the meaning of love when her sister marries a foreigner.

"The Gift"

"Suchin's Escape"

"The Stonecutter"

"Facing Grace with Gloria"


"The Perennial Student"

"The Activist"

"Curse of a Lonely Heart"

"The Miracle of Madame Villard"

"On the Road to Yazoo City"

"Captain Withers's Wife"

"The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings"




"Crossing Over"

"The Bear"

"Lost Papers"

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Sister Carrie Sister Carrie
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Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit
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The Spirit of Want The Spirit of Want
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Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers Story in Literary Fiction:
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The Surgeon's Wife The Surgeon's Wife
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