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Comments Paola Peroni
"Protection"
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It is a delight and an unexpected honor to be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories. I am humbled to be in the company of so many wonderful writers, and thrilled to be able to reach a wide audience of readers who, with their interest, keep the short story alive.

(author photo © Livia Lancellotti)


Writing Tips

One of my favorite writers, Alice Munro, has said, "If you're a writer, you're sort of spending your life trying to figure things out, and you put your figurings on paper, and other people read them. It's a very odd thing, really. You do this your whole life, and yet you know that you fail. You don't fail all the way, or anything, it's still worth doing—I think it's worth doing, anyway. But it's like this coming to grips with things that you can only partially deal with." I believe Alice Munro captures the unrequited longing that propels writers.


Writer's Desk

I am working on the final story for my collection.


About the Author

Paola Peroni was born and raised in Rome. Her short stories have appeared in The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Fence, Mississippi Review, Post Road, and other publications. She received a residency from Yaddo. She currently lives in New York, where she works as a psychoanalyst in private practice.


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