Furman, Laura, editor. The PEN/ O. Henry Prize Stories 2010
Anchor see Random 2010 479p 16.00
978-0-307-47236-6 hs/adult E
This collection of the best short stories from literary magazines published in the United States and Canada will be an excellent addition to high school libraries.
This is a an annual collection of the best short stories that were previously published in English language literary magazines in the United States and Canada. Among the magazines that have submitted for this prize are The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and Kenyon Review. There are twenty stories from such esteemed authors as: Annie Proulx, Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie, John Edgar Wideman, and Alice Munro. At the end of the book, each author is profiled and writes a few short paragraphs about their particular winning story. Three distinguished fiction writers, Junot Diaz, Paula Fox, and Yiyun Li, after having read the twenty selected stories, and without knowing who authored them, have written about their favorite title. I must say, that my personal favorite, The Spoiled Man, about a poor Pakistani man who lives in a traveling box and meets his unspeakable fate because an American woman attempts to help him has left a strong impact on me. All of the stories contain amazing writing, with wonderful plots and characters. The scenarios vary from the American West to a small, rural village in Pakistan. Librarians who purchase title should be sure to tell the English Department that it is available. This book is recommended for all high school libraries and should be an annual purchase to upgrade the short story collection.
This title is recommended for Tristate Books of Note 2010.
This book is recommended for all high school libraries and should be an annual purchase to upgrade short story collections. This title is recommended for Tristate Books of Note 2010. Weinraub(2), Tina