O. Henry Prize Stories 2007

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Laura Furman
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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An arresting collection of contemporary fiction at its best, these stories explore a vast range of subjects, from love and deception to war and the insidious power of class distinctions. However clearly spoken, in voices sophisticated, cunning, or na•ve, here is fiction that consistently defies our expectations. Selected from thousands of stories in hundreds of literary magazines, the twenty prize-winning stories are accompanied by essays from each of the three eminent jurors on which stories they judged the best, and observations from all twenty prizewinners on what inspired them.

“The Room”
William Trevor

“The Scent of Cinnamon”
Charles Lambert

“Cherubs”
Justine Dymond

“Galveston Bay, 1826”
Eddie Chuculate

“The Gift of Years”
Vu Tran

“The Diarist”
Richard McCann

“War Buddies”
Joan Silber

“Djamilla”
Tony D’Souza

“In a Bear’s Eye”
Yannick Murphy

“Summer, with Twins”
Rebecca Curtis

“Mudder Tongue”
Brian Evenson

“Companion”
Sana Krasikov

“A Stone House”
Bay Anapol

“The Company of Men”
Jan Ellison

“City Visit”
Adam Haslett

“The Duchess of Albany”
Christine Schutt

“A New Kind of Gravity”
Andrew Foster Altschul

“Gringos”
Ariel Dorfman

“El Ojo de Agua”
Susan Straight

“The View from Castle Rock”
Alice Munro


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Review: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013

User Review  - Paul Cockeram - Goodreads

This is my first time finishing an O. Henry collection, and I noticed some significant differences between the stories in here and those regularly published in another prize anthology, The Best ... Read full review

Review: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013

User Review  - Libby - Goodreads

I wanted to like this collection more than I did, especially as it was a gift from an old and dear friend, but I frankly found most of the stories tedious and boring. My favorite stories were by Donald Antrim, Alice Munro, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (all previously published in The New Yorker). Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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 (threetime 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. Ursula LeGuin is the author of The Left Hand of Darkness. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Charles D'Ambrosio is the author of The Dead Fish Museum. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Lily Tuck's most recent work is The News from Paraguay, which won the National Book Award . She lives in New York City and Maine.


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