White Rooster

This short story is available for purchase and download to your Kindle or Kindle App on Amazon. It’s probably a thirty minute or so read, but I think it’s a one-of-a-kind story. Here’s the blurb:

How far would you go to defy cultural norms?

Each year on the 15th of May, a nameless Hmong woman rewrites the account of how she escaped the cultural roles she was expected to play. Each year the account becomes more true.

The inspiration for this story came from a Hmong folktale called “The Woodcutter, His Cock, and His Wife,” about a wife who defends her husband’s beating her. The folktale is retold in my story by the nameless Hmong woman, so I won’t repeat it here, but the “moral” is that a “good wife” should cover her husband’s sins.

While I agree that is a good principle in the broadest possible general theory, I believe that some sins or criminal acts must come to light, or be escaped from. My nameless Hmong woman certainly thinks so.

Stacy Beatty designed the cover.


Please feel free to write a review for “Cocked” on Goodreads or Amazon. Enjoy!

Photo credit: “Whites and Reds,” Anil Kumar B Bhatt, Flickr