The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013: Including stories by Donald Antrim, Andrea Barrett, Ann Beattie, Deborah Eisenberg, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Kelly Link, Alice Munro, and Lily Tuck

The O. Henry Prize tales 2013 gathers twenty of the easiest brief tales of the 12 months, chosen from hundreds of thousands released in literary magazines. The successful tales ensue in such far-flung locales as a stunning sailboat in Hong Kong, a Cuban sugar plantation, the Kenai River in Alaska, a mansion in New Delhi, a boat torpedoed by way of a German U-boat, and the ghost-haunted rubble of a Turkish ladies’ university. additionally incorporated are the editor’s creation, essays from the jurors (Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman, and Jim Shepard) on their favourite tales, observations from the winners on what encouraged them, and an intensive source checklist of magazines.

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