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The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories: The Best Stories of the Year (Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories)

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Publisher Comments:

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 contains twenty unforgettable stories selected from hundreds of literary magazines. The winning tales take place in such far-flung locales as Madagascar, Nantucket, a Midwestern meth lab, Antarctica, and a post-apocalyptic England, and feature a fascinating array of characters: aging jazzmen, avalanche researchers, a South African wild child, and a mute actor in silent films. 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.

 

Your Fate Hurtles Down at You

Jim Shepard

 

Diary of an Interesting Year

Helen Simpson

 

Melinda

Judy Doenges

 

Nightblooming

Kenneth Calhoun

 

The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kálmán Once Lived

Tamas Dobozy

 

Ice

Lily Tuck

 

How to Leave Hialeah

Jennine Capó Crucet

 

The Junction

David Means

 

Pole, Pole

Susan Minot

 

Alamo Plaza

Brad Watson

 

The Black Square

Chris Adrian

 

Nothing of Consequence

Jane Delury

 

The Rules Are the Rules

Adam Foulds

 

The Vanishing American

Leslie Parry

 

Crossing

Mark Slouka

 

Bed Death

Lori Ostlund

 

Windeye

Brian Evenson

 

Sunshine

Lynn Freed

 

Never Come Back

Elizabeth Tallent

 

Something You Can’t Live Without

Matthew Neill Null

 

For author interviews, photos, and more,  go to www.ohenryprizestories.com 

 

A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support the PEN Readers & Writers Literary Outreach Program.

 

Synopsis:

The Best American Short Stories is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction, guest edited in 2012 by Pultizer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

Synopsis:

“As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might,” writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout. “Its the variety of voices that most indicates the increasing confluence of cultures involved in making us who we are.” The Best American Short Stories 2013 presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world.

In “Miss Lora,” Junot Díaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the “Magic Man.” Kirstin Valdez Quades “Nemecia” depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickershams “The Tunnel” is a tragic love story about a mothers declining health and her daughters helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Winks “Breatharians” unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents estrangement.

“Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of ones writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content,” writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. “Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences.”

Synopsis:

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Short Stories 2012 includes

Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Haigh,

Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner,

George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others

 

About the Author

Laura Furman is a novelist, short story writer, and professor of English and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

Your Fate Hurtles Down at You

Jim Shepard

 

Diary of an Interesting Year

Helen Simpson

 

Melinda

Judy Doenges

 

Nightblooming

Kenneth Calhoun

 

The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kálmán Once Lived

Tamas Dobozy

 

Ice

Lily Tuck

 

How to Leave Hialeah

Jennine Capó Crucet

 

The Junction

David Means

 

Pole, Pole

Susan Minot

 

Alamo Plaza

Brad Watson

 

The Black Square

Chris Adrian

 

Nothing of Consequence

Jane Delury

 

The Rules Are the Rules

Adam Foulds

 

The Vanishing American

Leslie Parry

 

Crossing

Mark Slouka

 

Bed Death

Lori Ostlund

 

Windeye

Brian Evenson

 

Sunshine

Lynn Freed

 

Never Come Back

Elizabeth Tallent

 

Something You Can’t Live Without

Matthew Neill Null

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307472373
Author:
Furman, Laura
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Pitlor, Heidi
Author:
Perrotta, Tom
Author:
Strout, Elizabeth
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American R
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.08 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Best American Short Stories is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction, guest edited in 2012 by Pultizer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.
"Synopsis" by ,
“As our vision becomes more global, our storytelling is stretching in many ways. Stories increasingly change point of view, switch location, and sometimes pack as much material as a short novel might,” writes guest editor Elizabeth Strout. “Its the variety of voices that most indicates the increasing confluence of cultures involved in making us who we are.” The Best American Short Stories 2013 presents an impressive diversity of writers who dexterously lead us into their corners of the world.

In “Miss Lora,” Junot Díaz masterfully puts us in the mind of a teenage boy who throws aside his better sense and pursues an intimate affair with a high school teacher. Sheila Kohler tackles innocence and abuse as a child wanders away from her mother, in thrall to a stranger she believes is the “Magic Man.” Kirstin Valdez Quades “Nemecia” depicts the after-effects of a secret, violent family trauma. Joan Wickershams “The Tunnel” is a tragic love story about a mothers declining health and her daughters helplessness as she struggles to balance her responsibility to her mother and her own desires. New author Callan Winks “Breatharians” unsettles the reader as a farm boy shoulders a grim chore in the wake of his parents estrangement.

“Elizabeth Strout was a wonderful reader, an author who knows well that the sound of ones writing is just as important as and indivisible from the content,” writes series editor Heidi Pitlor. “Here are twenty compellingly told, powerfully felt stories about urgent matters with profound consequences.”

"Synopsis" by , The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Short Stories 2012 includes

Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Haigh,

Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner,

George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others

 

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