A collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010 brings to life a dazzling array of subjects: a street orphan in Malaysia, a cowboy and his teenage bride, a Russian nanny in Manhattan, a nineteenth-century Nigerian widow, and political prisoners on a Greek island. Also included are essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.
Them Old Cowboy Songs
Clothed, Female Figure
The Headstrong Historian
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Stand By Me
Sheep May Safely Graze
The Woman of the House
A Spoiled Man
The End of My Life in New York
An East Egg Update
Into the Gorge
John Edgar Wideman
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A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support the PEN Readers & Writers Literary Outreach Program.
About the Author
Laura Furman was born in New York, and educated in New York City public schools and at Bennington College. Her first story appeared in "The New Yorker" in 1976, and since then her work has been published in many magazines, including "Yale Review, ""Southwest Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar, ""Preservation, House & Garden, " and other magazines. Her books include three collections of short stories", "two novels, ""and a memoir. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Dobie Paisano Project, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received grants in residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and in 2009 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She taught for many years in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Series editor of "The PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories "since 2002, Furman selects the twenty winning stories each year. She lives in Central Texas.""
Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Drown"; "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "This Is How You Lose Her", a "New York Times" bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, he is currently the fiction editor at "Boston Review" and "The""Rudge" and works as the Nancy Allen professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Paula Fox is the author of Desperate Characters, The Widow s Children, A Servant s Tale, The God of Nightmares, Poor George, The Western Coast, and Borrowed Finery: A Memoir, among other books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly