The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories range in setting from Japan at the outset of World War II to a remote cabin in the woods of Wyoming, and the characters that inhabit them range from a misanthropic survivor of an apocalyptic flood to a unicorn hidden in a suburban house. Whether fantastical or realistic, gothic or lyrical, the stories here are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by the editor’s introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.
"Irises," Elizabeth Genovise "The Mongerji Letters," Geetha Iyer "Narrator," Elizabeth Tallent "Bonus Baby," Joe Donnelly "Divergence," David H. Lynn "A Simple Composition," Shruti Swamy "Storm Windows," Charles Haverty "Train to Harbin," Asako Serizawa "Dismemberment," Wendell Berry "Exit Zero," Marie-Helene Bertino "Cigarettes," Sam Savage "Temples," Adrienne Celt "Safety," Lydia Fitzpatrick "Bounty," Diane Cook "A Single Deliberate Thing," Zebbie Watson "The Crabapple Tree," Robert Coover "Winter 1965," Frederic Tuten "They Were Awake," Rebecca Evanhoe "Slumming," Ottessa Moshfegh "Happiness," Ron Carlson The Jurors on Their Favorites: Molly Antopol, Peter Cameron, Lionel Shriver The Writers on Their Work Publications Submitted
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About the Author
Laura Furman, series editor of The 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.
“Those who still cling to the promise of the short story can be glad that there is still someone willing to do the heavy lifting.” —Los Angeles Times