O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

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An annual collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 is studded with extraordinary settings and characters: a teenager in survivalist Alaska, the seed keeper of a doomed Chinese village, a young woman trying to save her life in a Ukrainian internet café. Also included are the winning writers' comments on what inspired them, a short essay from each of the three eminent jurors, and an extensive resource list of literary magazines.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 21mm | 290g
  • New York, NY, India
  • English
  • 2008 ed.
  • 0307280349
  • 9780307280343
  • 1,222,154

Table of contents

Laura Furman, Series Editor

A Composer and His Parakeets
Ha Jin, Zoetrope

Other People's Deaths
Lore Segal, The New Yorker

Village 113
Anthony Doerr, Tin House

A Change in Fashion
Steven Millhauser, Harper's Magazine

The Transitional Object
Sheila Kohler, Boulevard

On the Lake
Olaf Olafsson, Zoetrope

Brittani Sonnenberg, xconnect

What Do You Want to Know For?
Alice Munro, The American Scholar

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors
Shannon Cain, New England Review

A Game of Cards
Rose Tremain, The Paris Review

Alexi Zentner, Tin House

Bad Neighbors
Edward P. Jones, The New Yorker

Every Move You Make
David Malouf, Granta

Scenes from the Life of the Only Girl in Water Shield, Alaska
Tony Tulathimutte, The Threepenny Review

The Bullock Run
Roger McDonald, Mãnoa

Yiyun Li, Tin House

Bye-bye Natalia
Michel Faber, Granta

Folie à Deux
William Trevor, The New Yorker

The Little Boy
Mary Gaitskill, Harper's Magazine

A Little History of Modern Music
William H. Gass, Conjunctions

Reading The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “Touch” by Alexi Zenter
David Leavitt on “What Do You Want to Know For?” by Alice Munro
David Means on “Folie à Deux” by William Trevor

Writing The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008
The Writers on Their Work

Recommended Stories 2008
Publications Submitted
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Review quote

"Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction."
--The Atlantic Monthly
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About Laura Furman

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.
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