Prize Stories 1991 (Paperback)
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The O. Henry Prize Stories 1991 collects 20 of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. "The Sandstone Farmhouse" by John Updike, which tells of a difficult relationship of a son and his mother over 50 years, takes the coveted top prize. The other stories in this collection are: Joyce Carol Oates "The Swimmers"
Sharon Sheehe Stark "Overland"
Martha Lacy Hall "The Apple-Green Triumph"
Wayne Johnson "Hippies, Indians, Buffalo"
Perri Klass "For Women Everywhere"
Helen Norris "Raisin Faces"
Patricia Lear "Powwow"
Charles Baxter "Saul and Patsy Are Pregnant"
Sylvia A. Watanabe "Talking to the Dead"
T. Alan Broughton "Ashes"
Diane Levenberg "The Ilui"
Ursula K. Le Guin "Hand, Cup, Shell"
Alice Adams "Earthquake Damage"
Charlotte Zoe Walker "The Very Pineapple"
Ronald Sukenick "Ecco"
Dennis McFarland "Nothing to Ask For"
Millicent Dillon "Oil and Water"
Marly Swick "Moscow Nights"
Thomas Fox Averill "During the Twelfth Summer of Elmer D. Peterson" "This collection is both meritorious and diverse. The work ranges from plainly written stories brimming with resonant significance to full-blown extravaganzas. . . . Recommended."--Library Journal
About the Author
Born in 1919, William Abrahams published four successful novels and a number of poems before finding his true calling as an editor. He presided over the O. Henry Awards for more than 30 years starting in 1965. Abrahams also worked as the west coast editor of Atlantic Monthly Press and collaborated on nonfiction books with his partner, Peter Stansky. He passed away in 1998.