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An Anchor Original
The 80th anniversary edition of "the nation's most prestigious awards for the short story."--The Atlantic Monthly
Established early in the last century as a memorial to O. Henry, throughout its history this annual collection has consistently offered a remarkable sampling of contemporary short stories. Each year stories are chosen from large and small literary magazines and a panel of distinguished writers is enlisted to award the top prizes. The result is a superb collection of twenty inventive, full-bodied stories representing the very best in American and Canadian fiction.
Presenting a superb collection of 20 inventive, full-bodied works of fiction, this is the 80th anniversary edition of "the nation's most prestigious awards for the short story" ("The Atlantic Monthly").
About the Author
Larry Dark is the editor of four other anthologies, Literary Outtakes, The Literary Ghost, The Literary Lover, and The Literary Traveler. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey. Michael Cunningham is the author, most recently, of The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in New York City. Pam Houston is the author of Cowboys Are My Business and Waltzing the Cat. She teaches at the University of California, Davis and lives in Colorado. George Saunders is the author CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia.
Table of Contents
Weight / John Edgar Wideman -- The man with the lapdog / Beth Lordan -- The deacon / Mary Gordon -- Plains of Abraham / Russell Banks -- Flush / Judy Budnitz -- These hands / Kevin Brockmeier -- Salve Regina / Melissa Prichard -- The smallest people alive / Keith Banner -- Bones of the inner ear / Kiana Davenport -- The fool's proxy / J. Robert Lennon -- He's at the office / Allan Gurganus -- The gilgul of Park Avenue / Nathan Englander -- Theories of rain / Andrea Barrett -- Whileaway / Jeannette Bertles -- Rose / John Biguenet -- The gardens of Kyoto / Kate Walbert -- Easy pickings / Tim Gautreaux -- The beautiful days / Michael Byers -- Watch the animals / Alice Elliott Dark -- Kindling / Raymond Carver.