The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: 2012

The PEN O Henry Prize Stories The PEN O Henry Prize Stories gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year selected from thousands published in literary magazines These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the
  • Title: The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: 2012
  • Author: Laura Furman Ann Packer Miroslav Penkov John Berger Yiyun Lee Steven Millhauser Jim Shepard Mark Slouka
  • ISBN: 9780307947888
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: 2012
    The PEN O Henry Prize Stories 2012 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the imagination in settings as various as an army training camp in China, the salt mines of Detroit, a divided Balkan town, and the eye of a hurricane Also included are essaysThe PEN O Henry Prize Stories 2012 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the imagination in settings as various as an army training camp in China, the salt mines of Detroit, a divided Balkan town, and the eye of a hurricane Also included are essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.
    The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories: 2012 By Laura Furman Ann Packer Miroslav Penkov John Berger Yiyun Lee Steven Millhauser Jim Shepard Mark Slouka,
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  • Laura Furman Ann Packer Miroslav Penkov John Berger Yiyun Lee Steven Millhauser Jim Shepard Mark Slouka

    Laura J Furman born 1945 is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the O Henry Awards prize story collection Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, Ploughshares, Southwest Review.She has written three collections of stories The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, and Drinking with the Cook , two novels The Shadow Line and Tuxedo Park , and a memoir Ordinary Paradise.She founded American Short Fiction, which was a three time finalist for the National Magazine Award She is currently Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing Most recently, she has announced that she has submitted a collection of short stories to her agent, and the subsequent collection will be her first new work to follow the release of 2001 s Drinking with the Cook.

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  • I am not happy to say that I was not at all impressed with this year s selection of the Pen O Henry Stories for 2012 There are twenty stories selected for this collection and, of those, I enjoyed five of them That s 25% not very good odds overall The stories that spoke to me were Leak by Sam Ruddick, The First Wife by Christine Sneed, A Birth in the Woods by Kevin Wilson, Rothko Eggs by Keith Ridgeway and The Deep by Anthony Doerr The rest just didn t grab me tightly and I have trouble even reca [...]


  • All the stories in this collection were well worth reading Below are my brief notes on the ones that stood out and what I took from them.Several stories concerned relationships and the flings that threaten them Alice Muttison s Leak portrays the jealousy and dissatisfaction of infidelity Christine Sneed s 13 part The First Wife exposes celebrity culture from an insider s perspective, watching the inevitable disintegration of a movie star s marriage I loved how it showed the pain and loss that ac [...]


  • I don t read a lot of short story collections normally, but I sort of feel like I should My colleague had this book in our office, and it s technically a library book that is seriously overdue Anyway, it s good for me to read short stories so that I can recommend them to our speech debate students as possible prose pieces And outside of work, it s pleasant to be able to read a whole story in one sitting.I m unfamiliar with this publication in general, so I can t speak to how this particular volu [...]


  • It took me months to get through this collection of short stories, and though there was great variety of voice, style and subject matter, I was disappointed that so few of these stories really resonated with me However, I discovered Anthony Doerr, whom I had not read before, and now I m looking forward to reading of his work His story The Deep was just amazing Vivid, lyrical, meaningful Five stars for his contribution to the collection.Other stories that I enjoyed The Hare s Mask by Mark Slouka [...]


  • I m giving this two stars not because all the stories are bad, but because the collection as a whole is disappointing I ve read through a couple PEN O.Henry Prize Stories books in the past and been impressed with its creative selection of stories Sure there would be some stories I didn t care for as much, but I appreciated them for making the rest stand out all the Here, most of the stories have a similar feel and are mostly unmemorable The stories I enjoyed the most were those that conveyed th [...]


  • The PEN O Henry Prize Stories 2012 do what any good anthology does present a selection of some of the best stories of the year that cover all genres and styles The selections were mostly impressive, but a few stood out as exceptional such as Slouka s The Hare s Mask, Li s Kindness, Sneed s The First Wife, and Ruddick s Leak Of all the stories, Wilson s A Birth in the Woods left the strongest impression on me and caused me to marvel at the craft of writing short stories Also, there were a few sto [...]


  • This series has consistently excellent stories, but this was still one of my favorite years There were a few that stood out and that I d like to reread, esp Corrie by Alice Munro and Things Said Or Done by Ann Packer, and The Deep by Anthony Doerr.I have to say that the pacing for many of the stories felt similar, which might have been why the collection seemed so cohesive If you re looking for variety, the Best American series is generally curated a little eclectically In general, the O Henry [...]


  • The stories are not bad, but they do feel a bit samey I suppose that partly depends on the personal preference of the selecting committee editor, but I do wonder if there is a certain style of short story writing which is currently fashionable and appeals to magazines all of them had been previously published in prestigious literary magazines.I have to admit, I didn t get many of the stories either It felt like there was no point to them, no nice structure or start and finish Or else the point w [...]


  • Read short stories The Pen O.Henry Prize Stories 2012 and the one that stays with me, haunts me, is Kindness by Yiyun Liu, almost novella length about a young girl, a soldier, then teacher in China, someone who has chosen not to love another or live, really The writer, from Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, with a slew of other awards, says that I hope that by speaking to one person in her mind, my narrator, in the end speaks to many Actually, one of the best parts of this bo [...]


  • I am using this as my primary textbook for my upcoming Craft of Fiction class, so I won t write much here in case my students check into my hey, students But, as always, there are some wonders in this collection, and some stories that left me a little cold Two of my favorites are Alice Munro s story, because, well, she s Alice Munro and amazing, and covers so many years with such ease And the other favorite was Kindness by Yiyun Li is like a Novella, and is simply stunning All in all, a great c [...]


  • About 16 20 stories here are well written but so devoid of a voice or emotion they could have been by the same person despite the contributor being of very different races, religions and sexes.The editors seemed to greatly admire form over style, and despise imagination Thankfully, a couple late entries that felt completely out of place from the rest of the works came the rescue from a one star review in the end, but I am no longer taking the PEN O Henry Prize as a positive endorsement of litera [...]


  • I skipped around, reading these out of order, thinking that I d just skim through the stories that didn t grab me right away But then they each grabbed me and I realized that the PEN O Henry stories are rich collections with diverse stories and writers Jim Shepard s Boys Town , The Hare s Mask by Mark Slouka, Kindness by Yiyun Li and Millhauser s Phantoms each haunt me still in their own ways I can t wait to go back and read the past O Henry collections at my library Awesome short stories that c [...]


  • This collection contains a few that I will definitely revisit The First Wife by Christine Sneed, The Vandercook by Alice Mattison, Corrie by Alice Munro Things Said or Done by Ann Packer were standouts The favorite for it s seemingly ordinary, simple uneventful narrative is Kindness by Yiyun Li Of the twenty short stories included, all had merit there were some very original Boys Town , Phantoms A Birth in the Woods ones that have peaked my interest in the authours This is a keepera rereadworth [...]


  • I usually don t read short stories, but this is a superb collection Especially enjoyed Kindness by Yiyun Lee it s a wonderful story A Birth in the Woods by Kevin Wilson and Things Said or Done were also very good A Birth in the Woods was especially chilling There were a few stories I didn t quite connect with, but overall I highly recommend this collection Wouldn t read the entire thing over again, but there are stories I d love to revisit.


  • I really enjoyed the stories in this anthology Every story was thought provoking and layered and some I even went back to read twice, just to get the nuances that I missed the first time Although this was a book that I got from the library, it is one that I would buy to keep, the stories are fabulous If you are a fan of fiction, words, and the magic of storytelling, this is the book that you want to read There is not a single story that I found disagreeable.


  • On the whole, I found this year s collection to be full of staggeringly good writing, made all the compelling by a common theme the stories seem to share nearly all focus on characters or settings from other cultures As a result, the pieces hang together almost like a little book Delightful, and masterfully written.


  • A solid Best of Collection My favorites here would be Alice Munro s Corrie, Christine Sneed s take on celebrity, The First Wife, and Ann Packer s child parent study, Things Said or Done, but all the stories herein are worth your time and attention.


  • Overall, some pretty safe choices, but The Deep by Anthony Doerr is worth the price of admission One of the best short stories I ve read in a long time Maybe one of the best ever Captures life, love, and death in 20 pages or less Just shockingly incredibly super duper brilliant.


  • I thought this picked up nicely after a rough start detailed comments with possible spoilers on individual stories posted at A Just Recompense


  • Unlike entries in recent volumes of The Best American Short Stories series, most of the stories were interesting enough to read all the way through I ll have to start getting this series every year, like I do for TBASS


  • OMG I Loved A Birth in the Woods Also just read Kindless WOW I m upping my stars just based on those two and the fact that there hasn t been a total stinker yetill reading it about 3 4 done.


  • The Deep by Anthony Doerr stands out far above the rest.Other picks include A Brush , John Berger no one else seems to like this haha The Hare s Mask , Mark Slouka, and Rothko Eggs , Keith Ridgway but none as memorable.





  • A good selection of modern short stories I loved several of the stories, could have lived without a few of them, but overall good stuff.





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