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This collection is nothing short of essential for all lovers of fiction. The range in material is excellent, featuring longer pieces (“Memory Wall” by Anthony Doerr is a standout), classics of the canon (George Saunders’s “Tenth of December” and Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain”), and new discoveries from all your favorites; Claire Vaye Watkins, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Mary Gordon, Edwidge Danticat, and Adam Johnson are all here. The Story Prize deserves a place on your bookshelf, and is a volume you’ll return to for pleasure, study, and an immersion into new worlds of the human experience.
You don't often get collections, or even anthologies where every story knocks you out, but I've been bewildered in the best way over each one in The Story Prize] so far. --Lillian Li, author of Number One Chinese Restaurant This anthology of short stories marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Story Prize and includes one story from each of the annual winning collections, beginning with Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker and concluding with Elizabeth Strout's Anything Is Possible. The founder of The Story Prize, Julie Lindsey, and its director, Larry Dark, created this award to address the lack of one specifically for collections of stories. Together they choose three finalists from the previous year's publications, which are sent to three judges--an author, a bookseller or librarian, and a critic or editor--who, independently of one another, relay their choices. The prize is then presented at an annual celebration in New York, where the finalists read from their books and then discuss their work with Dark. Excerpts from these interviews--or, in a few cases, the judges' citations--introduce each story in the book. The authors chose the stories included to read at the annual Story Prize event.
About the Author
LARRY DARK has been the director of The Story Prize since its inception in 2004. Before that, he served as series editor for six volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories (1997-2002) and compiled, edited, and introduced four other anthologies: Literary Outtakes, The Literary Ghost, The Literary Lover, and The Literary Traveler.