Salt Lake City, Utah – Award-winning author William H. Coles brings yet another riveting tale to the page. This one portrays the potent, soul-searching repentance of a life lived to the fullest without ever fully living. McDowell, a finalist in the William Faulkner Award, is being hailed by critics as a “masterpiece in literary fiction by a top-notch artist”.
The main character McDowell, a world-renown surgeon, is on his third marriage, but only loves himself, and in a controlling way, his three kids. An avid mountain climber, researcher, philanthropist, and socialite, he uses people and disregards morals on his way to the top. But that all changes one dreadful day when tragedy strikes his family, and he is stripped of his laurels to face the man he has become.
Questioning his existence and meaning, McDowell begins a journey that will lead to either his resurrection or his demise – a question Coles does well to answer.
“William H. Coles blends his depth of knowledge about medicine with his extraordinary sensitivity to philosophy and the true meaning of life as it can be lived, abused, fractured, and redeemed – all in the story of one Hiram McDowell.” – Dr. Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame Reviewer
Author Coles, a surgeon himself, is also a student of creative writing. He believes most great literary stories are character-based with dramatic plots and theme and what it means to be human.
He does that well. The book is a distinguished work of literary fiction, challenging the reader to answer hard questions about existentialism and the consequences of the choices we make. Drawing on current events, media bias is brought into the story and how slanted coverage can build or destroy a person. Before making judgement, the questions are raised: “How well do we really know the man?” And more importantly, “How well does he know himself?”
“Can we escape our past decisions in life, or are they destined forever to define us? … With a totally unexpected ending, this story is packed full of mystery and suspense and is one of the best I have ever read.” – Susan Keefe, Midwest Book Review
A literary masterpiece filled with family angst, love, lust, power, and introspection, this author takes us on a quest for the meaning to life. As Coles pens his answers, we are left believing that the only right answer is not what the author wants us to think, but instead, that which is found inside ourselves.
McDowell is the fifth novel in Cole’s fiction career, stacking up nicely next to his others and a book of short stories. Coles” reputation for spinning a good yarn is well-deserved, filled with many awards, including 8 for his novels and 31 for is short stories. This book, like the ones previous, asks complicated questions and demands hard answers. You will walk away from this read a deeper person.
About William H. Coles, MD, MS.
William H. Coles has studied fiction in workshops and conferences with renown writers such as Jane Smiley, Joyce Carol Oats and Charles Baxter, to name only a few. To share his love of the craft, he created the all-inclusive website storyinliteraryfiction.com with resources for writers and interviews with successful authors. It currently has over three-million page-views. He is widely published in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and his works have won numerous awards, including the Callanwold Prize, the William Faulkner Competition, and the Flannery O’Connor Award, accumulating 31 awards for short stories and eight awards for his novels. Find a list of his short stories here: Stories and Novels. He has collaborated with nine acclaimed artists to illustrate stories and novels and has created an online art gallery of the works. He also teaches writing of literary fiction stories online in a workshop and tutorial.
In film making, he won the Conrad Berens Award Competition for best film on a medical subject.
He is an ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular trauma. He has served as Department Chairman, State University of New York at Buffalo; on the Board of Regents for the American College of Surgeons, and President of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology. He has held academic appointments at Louisiana State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Emory University School of Medicine, and State University of New York at Buffalo where he is presently Professor Emeritus.
He has lectured internationally on surgery, Georgian antique furniture, jazz, writing, and art and is widely traveled. Coles lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, who is a pediatric retina surgeon and researcher. To learn more, visit Coles’s website storyinliteraryfiction.com or read his blog “Story in Fiction Today.” He is currently at work on his sixth novel.
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