PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011

The Best Stories of the Year

By Laura Furman (Editor)
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307472373, 432pp.)

Publication Date: April 19, 2011

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Description

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 contains twenty unforgettable stories selected from hundreds of literary magazines. The winning tales take place in such far-flung locales as Madagascar, Nantucket, a Midwestern meth lab, Antarctica, and a post-apocalyptic England, and feature a fascinating array of characters: aging jazzmen, avalanche researchers, a South African wild child, and a mute actor in silent films. 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.
 
Your Fate Hurtles Down at You
Jim Shepard
 
Diary of an Interesting Year
Helen Simpson
 
Melinda
Judy Doenges
 
Nightblooming
Kenneth Calhoun
 
The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kálmán Once Lived
Tamas Dobozy
 
Ice
Lily Tuck
 
How to Leave Hialeah
Jennine Capó Crucet
 
The Junction
David Means
 
Pole, Pole
Susan Minot
 
Alamo Plaza
Brad Watson
 
The Black Square
Chris Adrian
 
Nothing of Consequence
Jane Delury
 
The Rules Are the Rules
Adam Foulds
 
The Vanishing American
Leslie Parry
 
Crossing
Mark Slouka
 
Bed Death
Lori Ostlund
 
Windeye
Brian Evenson
 
Sunshine
Lynn Freed
 
Never Come Back
Elizabeth Tallent
 
Something You Can’t Live Without
Matthew Neill Null
 
For author interviews, photos, and more,  go to www.ohenryprizestories.com 
 
A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support the PEN Readers & Writers Literary Outreach Program.
 




About the Author

Laura Furman, series editor of The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories since 2003, is the winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for her fiction. The author of seven books, including her recent story collection The Mother Who Stayed, she taught writing for many years at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Central Texas.




Praise For PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011

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

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