PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 by Laura Furman
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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
  
 
A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support the PEN Readers & Writers Literary Outreach Program.
 




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About Laura Furman

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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.
 
Published September 14, 2011 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It opens seemingly as a war story about a British soldier who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, but then becomes possibly a ghost story or something else.

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Named after the famous author whose best known stories include “The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief," The O.

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Henry Prize Stories is fascinating, with the authors of each story adding a page or two about their stories and how the stories came to be.

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By ISABEL NATHANIEL / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Isabel Nathaniel is the author of The Dominion of Lights, which won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best book of poetry.

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Lynn Freed reminds me why she remains my favorite writer of short stories with “Sunshine,” a strange piece charged with sexuality and violence about a sadist who comes to possess a feral young girl.

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Not Yet AUTHOR WEBSITE: Laura Furman EXTRAS: Editor’s Notes and other information on this prize MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: Another short story collection:The Story Behind the Story edited by Peter Turchi and Andrea Barrett Previous Story Collections in this series: O’Henry Prize Stories 2...

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That other person can measure a story against the standards and her definition of the short story, and she can be confident that if the story fits, all is well.

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