From Our Staff | September 15, 2008

Michael Byers won the 1994 Editors’ Prize contest with his story, “Settled on the Cranberry Coast.”  This was Byers’ first publication and the story later appeared in his award winning debut collection, The Coast of Good Intentions.  Ward, aka Frosty, is a recently retired high school history teacher coming to terms with his new life.  With no wife or children, retirement threatens a future of unbroken solitude until Ward advertises his carpentry services and is contacted by Trudi, a woman he went to high school with.  Trudi, a hard-edged, Native American with a granddaughter in tow, hires Ward to fix up her house, and over the course of the weeks that follow, Ward gets his first real glimpse of the life he might have had had he married, and his first glimpse of hope that it’s not too late.  Read the story at