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The O. Henry Prize Stories (Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards)


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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.

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.

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


Product Details

Furman, Laura
Anchor Books
Essay by:
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Essay by:
Leavitt, David
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Leavitt, David
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Short stories, American
United states
United States Social life and customs.
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