THE PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories) (Paperback)

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By Laura Furman (Editor), Junot Diaz (Essay by), Paula Fox (Essay by)
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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 "
Annie Proulx
"Clothed, Female Figure"
Kirstin Allio
"The Headstrong Historian "
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"Stand By Me "
Wendell Berry
"Sheep May Safely Graze"
Jess Row
"Birch Memorial "
Preeta Samarasan
Brad Watson
"The Woman of the House "
William Trevor
"The Bridge "
Daniel AlarcOn
"A Spoiled Man"
Daniyal Mueenuddin
"Oh, Death"
James Lasdun
"Fresco, Byzantine "
Natalie Bakopoulos
"The End of My Life in New York"
Peter Cameron
Ted Sanders
"The Lover "
Damon Galgut
"An East Egg Update "
George Bradley
"Into the Gorge"
Ron Rash
John Edgar Wideman
"Some Women "
Alice Munro
"Making Good"
Lore Segal
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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's work has appeared in "The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Ploughshares, The Yale Review," and other magazines. She is the founding editor of the highly regarded "American Short Fiction" (three-time finalist for the American Magazine Award). A professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, she teaches in the graduate James A. Michener Center for writers. She lives in Austin.

Praise For…

“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307472366
ISBN-10: 0307472361
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: April 20th, 2010
Pages: 479
Language: English
Series: Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories