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Comments Fiona McFarlane
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

As a long-time admirer of The O. Henry Prize Stories, I'm delighted to be sending "Buttony" back out into the world as an O. Henry Prize story.

(author photo © Andy Barclay)

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Writing seems to me both ordinary and miraculous—I sit down to it daily, and am still astonished that it happens.

Writer's Desk

I'm working on a novel set in the South Australian desert in the late nineteenth century: A place both prettier and more cosmopolitan than you might imagine.

About the Author

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of The Night Guest and The High Places. Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Best Australian Stories, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among other publications. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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