The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories

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The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories

The Best Stories of the Year

By Laura Furman (Editor); A. M. Homes (Essay by); Manuel Munoz (Essay by)

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307472373, 403pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2011


"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
Judy Doenges
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Kenneth Calhoun
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"The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor KAlmAn Once Lived"
Tamas Dobozy
Lily Tuck
"How to Leave Hialeah"
Jennine CapO Crucet
"The Junction"
David Means
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Pole, Pole
Susan Minot
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"Alamo Plaza"
Brad Watson
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"The Black Square "
Chris Adrian
"Nothing of Consequence"
Jane Delury
"The Rules Are the Rules"
Adam Foulds
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"The Vanishing American"
Leslie Parry
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Mark Slouka
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"Bed Death"
Lori Ostlund
Brian Evenson
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Lynn Freed
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"Never Come Back"
Elizabeth Tallent
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"Something You Can't Live Without"
Matthew Neill Null
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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.""

A. M. Homes is the author of "This Book Will Save Your Life",
"Things You Should Know", "Music for Torching", "In a Country of Mothers", "The Safety of Objects", "Jack", and "Los Angeles: People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill". Recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, she is a "Vanity Fair" contributing editor and publishes in "The New Yorker", "Granta", "Harper's", "McSweeney's", "Artforum", and "The New York Times".

Manuel Mun oz's short story collection, "The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue", was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and the prestigious Whiting Award, and is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Praise For The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories

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