THE PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (Paperback)

By Laura Furman (Editor), Junot Diaz (Essay by), Paula Fox (Essay by)
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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
Brad Watson
"The Woman of the House "
William Trevor
"The Bridge "
Daniel AlarcOn
"A Spoiled Man"
Daniyal Mueenuddin
"Oh, Death"
James Lasdun
"Fresco, Byzantine "
Natalie Bakopoulos
"The End of My Life in New York"
Peter Cameron
Ted Sanders
"The Lover "
Damon Galgut
"An East Egg Update "
George Bradley
"Into the Gorge"
Ron Rash
John Edgar Wideman
"Some Women "
Alice Munro
"Making Good"
Lore Segal
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A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support the PEN Readers & Writers Literary Outreach Program.

About the Author

Laura Furman was born in New York, and educated in New York City public schools and at Bennington College. Her first story appeared in "The New Yorker" in 1976, and since then her work has been published in many magazines, including "Yale Review, ""Southwest Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar, ""Preservation, House & Garden, " and other magazines. Her books include three collections of short stories", "two novels, ""and a memoir. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Dobie Paisano Project, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received grants in residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and in 2009 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She taught for many years in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Series editor of "The PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories "since 2002, Furman selects the twenty winning stories each year. She lives in Central Texas.""

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Drown"; "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "This Is How You Lose Her", a "New York Times" bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, he is currently the fiction editor at "Boston Review" and "The""Rudge" and works as the Nancy Allen professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paula Fox is the author of the memoirs "The Coldest Winter "and "Borrowed Finery", five novels, and a Newberry Award-winning children's book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307472366
ISBN-10: 0307472361
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: April 20th, 2010
Pages: 479
Language: English
Series: Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories