It Won't Stay Light Forever
A wealthy old gentleman who cannot speak and a cabbie who drives him around every week share an experience that leaves the shocked cabbie with no explanation. A little boy's innocent gesture sets in motion a Sunday morning of terror. A cleaning lady's childhood artwork inspires her at a critical moment. A humiliated carpenter secretly nails his customer's front door shut. A mentally-disabled teenager tries to help a frightened child. A mysterious woman moves into a neighborhood and turns it upside-down.
These and other stories offer solid entertainment along with luminous moments of heartache, humor, fear and hope.
You can see and hear Ed read the story The Hundred-Dollar Tip, included in It Won't Stay Light Forever, on C-Span's program Book TV.
Speaking from the Heart
Handsome and quiet, Mbasa Kilu walks with difficulty. He was born with two club feet, and there are many things he can't do well, but he can kick a football like a champion. When he was a little boy, playing by himself, his grandmother gave him a football to kick, suggesting he aim for a big tree nearby. Over the years he has gotten expert at this, and when he is with his friends on the local soccer team, he kicks his football up into a huge tree on the sidelines while they practice.
One day a visiting American is amazed when he sees Mbasa Kilu kicking the football with precision high into the tree. Soon a scout from an NFL team visits, and Mbasa Kilu is off to a very different life in the United States. After a spectacular beginning, his career abruptly ends. But for many years his record will stand for the longest field goal in NFL history.
All his life girls have mostly shied away from him or ignored him except for Ofi Leiya, fond of him from their school days, but in love with his best friend. His fortunes in love change, but not before he has to outwit a corrupt gang which is robbing and terrorizing people in his village at home.
About Ed Weyhing
Ed Weyhing was an avid reader and writer from childhood on. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and San Diego State University, and served in the U.S. Navy. After that he was a co-founder and CEO of a computer software company. Retiring young, he was able to follow his enduring interest in writing fiction.
He received his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Many of his published short stories and several new ones are contained in this volume.
He is also the author of a novel, Speaking from the Heart. Until his death in 2016, he lived in Rhode Island with his wife Mary. They were the parents of three sons.
Ed Weyhing's stories have been published in Glimmer Train, The Crescent Review, Weber Studies, Cimarron Review, Witness – American Humor, Short Story, Ampersand Press, the anthology Generation to Generation (Papier-Mache Press), The Panhandler and Calliope.