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Comments Lily Tuck
2013 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It is a great honor to be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories, and it makes me very happy.

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About the Author

At the risk of repeating myself as well as others, I write to know what I think. I am, by nature, a reserved and fairly solitary person due perhaps to the fact that as a child, an only child, I lived in several different countries (English is my third language). This early rootlessness has provided me with a theme for my stories and a habit of solitude, which is good for writing.

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Lily Tuck was born in France and lived in South America as a child. She is the author of five novels, Interviewing Matisse or The Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, The News from Paraguay, winner of the 2004 National Book Award, and I Married You For Happiness, a collection of stories, Limbo and Other Places I Have Lived, and a biography, Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante. Her essay, "Group Grief," was included in The Best American Essays 2006. Her latest story collection is The House at Belle Fontaine and Other Stories. She lives in New York City.

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