Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010

Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010

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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 Visitation
Brad Watson The Woman of the House
William Trevor The Bridge
Daniel Alarcón A Spoiled Man
Daniyal Mueenuddin Oh, Death
James Lasdun Fresco, Byzantine
Natalie Bakopoulos The End of My Life in New York
Peter Cameron Obit
Ted Sanders The Lover
Damon Galgut An East Egg Update
George Bradley Into the Gorge
Ron Rash Microstories
John Edgar Wideman Some Women
Alice Munro Making Good
Lore Segal For author interviews, photos, and more, go to

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Product details

  • Paperback | 479 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 29mm | 386g
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2010 ed.
  • 0307472361
  • 9780307472366
  • 80,112

Table of contents

Introduction      Laura Furman, Series Editor

Annie Proulx, “Them Old Cowboy Songs,” The New Yorker
Kirstin Allio, “Clothed, Female Figure,” Iowa Review
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Headstrong Historian,” The New Yorker
Wendell Berry, “Stand By Me,” Atlantic Monthly
Jess Row, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Threepenny Review
Preeta Samarasan, “Birch Memorial,” A Public Space
Brad Watson, “Visitation,” The New Yorker
William Trevor, “The Woman of the House,” The New Yorker
Daniel Alarcón, “The Bridge,” Granta
Daniyal Mueenuddin, “A Spoiled Man," The New Yorker
James Lasdun, “Oh, Death,” Paris Review
Natalie Bakopoulos, “Fresco, Byzantine,” Tin House
Peter Cameron, “The End of My Life in New York,” Subtropics
Ted Sanders, “Obit,” Indiana Review
Damon Galgut, “The Lover,” Paris Review
George Bradley, “An East Egg Update,” Yale Review
Ron Rash, “Into the Gorge,” Southern Review
John Edgar Wideman, “Microstories,” Harper’s Magazine
Alice Munro, “Some Women,” The New Yorker
Lore Segal, “Making Good," The American Scholar
Reading The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010
The Jurors on Their Favorites:
Junot Díaz on “A Simple Man” by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Paula Fox on “Oh, Death” by James Lasdun
Yiyun Li on “The Woman of the House” by William Trevor
Writing The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010
The Writers on Their Work
Recommended Stories 2010

Publications Submitted

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