Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009

Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009

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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 2009 features unforgettable tales in settings as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a luxurious seaside development in Cape Town, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 435 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 25mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, India
  • English
  • 2009 ed.
  • 0307280357
  • 9780307280350
  • 1,142,928

Table of contents

Introduction • Laura Furman, Series Editor

•Graham Joyce,“An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen”
•Kristen Sundberg Lunstrum, “The Nursery”
•E. V. Slate, “Purple Bamboo Park”
•John Burnside, “The Bell Ringer”
•Mohan Sikka, “Uncle Musto Takes a Mistress”
•L. E. Miller, “Kind”
•Alistair Morgan, “Icebergs”
•Roger Nash, “The Camera and the Cobra”
•Manuel Muñoz, “Tell Him about Brother John”
•Caitlin Horrocks,“This Is Not Your City”
•Ha Jin,“The House behind a Weeping Cherry”
•Paul Theroux, “Twenty-two Stories”
•Judy Troy,“The Order of Things”
•Nadine Gordimer, “A Beneficiary”
•Viet Dinh, “Substitutes”
•Karen Brown, “Isabel’s Daughter”
•Marisa Silver,“The Visitor”
•Paul Yoon, “And We Will Be Here”
•Andrew Sean Greer, “Darkness”
•Junot Díaz, “Wildwood”

Reading The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009
The Jurors on Their Favorites
A. S. Byatt on “An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen” by Graham Joyce
Anthony Doerr on “Wildwood” by Junot Díaz
Tim O’Brien on “An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen” by Graham Joyce

Writing The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009
The Writers on Their Work

Recommended Stories 2009
Publications Submitted
Permissions
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Review Text

"The 90th anniversary edition of this prestigious collection is a must-read for both aspiring writers and devoted short story readers.... This year's prize winners reflect the increasingly robust, diverse, and international flavor or the genre in general." -Booklist

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

"The annual O. Henry Prize Stories provide a barometer of contemporary emotional and political concerns.... Stories that refract our present world."
-Los Angeles Times
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Review quote

"The 90th anniversary edition of this prestigious collection is a must-read for both aspiring writers and devoted short story readers.... This year's prize winners reflect the increasingly robust, diverse, and international flavor or the genre in general." --Booklist "Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction."
--The Atlantic Monthly "The annual O. Henry Prize Stories provide a barometer of contemporary emotional and political concerns.... Stories that refract our present world."
--Los Angeles Times
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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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