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A perennial classic now in partnership with PEN American Center
Featuring stories selected from thousands published in literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Díaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City; the dizzying range of characters include a Russian mail-order bride in Finland, a rebellious Dominican girl in New Jersey, and a hallucinating British Gulf War veteran. The stories are accompanied by essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the twenty winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.
“Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly
“The annual O. Henry Prize Stories provide a barometer of contemporary emotional and political concerns. . . . Stories that refract our present world.” —Los Angeles Times