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Comments Genevieve Plunkett
"Something for a Young Woman"
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

"Something for a Young Woman" was my first story to appear in print, so you can imagine my surprise and disbelief when I learned that it had been chosen for The O. Henry Prize Stories. I feel as though the story has been given a new life. I feel as though my writing has been given a new life, in this feeling of awe and excitement. It is a tremendous gift.

(author photo © Ava Freeman)

Writing Tips

When I was a child, I played second violin in a youth orchestra. I was never very good at reading music and so, when I got lost, I would have to listen very carefully until the music reached a place where I could jump back in—playing very loudly, of course, to make up for what I had missed. Writing stories, for me, is like that experience: I have learned to take advantage of the parts that I know, to really make them sing.

Writer's Desk

I am working on a novel about mental illness.

About the Author

Genevieve Plunkett was born in Bennington, Vermont. She graduated from Bennington College with a degree in literature. Her stories have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

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