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Prize stories, 2000 : the O. Henry awards
Dark, Larry.
80th anniversary.
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New York : Random House, Inc., [2000]

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xiii, 411 pages ; 21 cm
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"An Anchor original"
Weight / Man with the lapdog / Deacon / Plains of Abraham / Flush / These hands / Salve regina / Smallest people alive / Bones of the inner ear / Fool's proxy / He's at the office / Gilgul of Park Avenue / Theories of rain / Whileaway / Rose / Gardens of Kyoto / Easy pickings / Beautiful days / Watch the animals / Kindling
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An Anchor Original

The 80th anniversary edition of "the nation's most prestigious awards for the short story."-- The Atlantic Monthly

Established early in the last century as a memorial to O. Henry, throughout its history this annual collection has consistently offered a remarkable sampling of contemporary short stories. Each year stories are chosen from large and small literary magazines and a panel of distinguished writers is enlisted to award the top prizes. The result is a superb collection of twenty inventive, full-bodied stories representing the very best in American and Canadian fiction.

Author Notes

Larry Dark is the editor of four other anthologies, Literary Outtakes , The Literary Ghost , The Literary Lover , and The Literary Traveler . He lives in Montclair, New Jersey. Michael Cunningham is the author, most recently, of The Hours , which won the Pulitzer Prize and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in New York City. Pam Houston is the author of Cowboys Are My Business and Waltzing the Cat . She teaches at the University of California, Davis and lives in Colorado. George Saunders is the author CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

It sounds almost clicheto say that recent editions of this venerable series of short-story compilations, as well as recent volumes in the Best American Short Stories series, have showcased--if not actually proventhe continued vitality of the short-story form in this country. But it is a true statement. The short story lives and breathes with fire and ingenuity, and the crop of "best of" featured in this latest anthology is a robust sampling of today's fine weather for story writing. One high point in this year's batch is Kevin Brockmeier's "These Hands," previously published in the Georgia Review. It is a highly imaginative, lyrically written but ultimately disquieting story about a male nanny and the little baby he cares for. Nor should Mary Gordon's "The Deacon," from the pages of the Atlantic Monthly, be missed. It is a universally appealing look at a modern nun's livelihood and male relationships. --Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this 80th annual collection of fiction published under the O. Henry banner, editor Dark doesn't try to comment on the state of fiction but, simply and wisely, aims to present 20 superlative stories. He succeeds in nearly every case. The collection features rising stars like Nathan Englander and Andrea Barrett, venerated pros like Russell Banks, Mary Gordon and Allan Gurganus, and many newer voices. Though awarding first, second and third prizes to particular stories in such a worthy group may seem superfluous, it's difficult to argue with the choices. John Edgar Wideman's first prize-winning "Weight" alternates nimbly between cool-mouth slang and raw emotion in its portrait of a young man's relationship to his formidable mother. The second prize goes to "The Man with the Lapdog," Beth Lordan's quiet tale of marriage and accommodation, set in Ireland. Gordon's "The Deacon," the third prize winner, takes the reader deftly into the mind of Sister Joan Fitzgerald, a nun forced to attend to the spiritual needs of a man she doesn't like. Gordon's story begins a subtheme of religious experience and inspiration, followed by Melissa Pritchard's "Salve Regina," which translates the pain of adolescence through a young girl's fascination with the headmistress of her Catholic school. Scientific themes thread through several stories, as in Barrett's "Theories of Rain," where simple experiments with the natural world occur against a backdrop of 19th-century Philadelphia. The collection ends, fittingly, with a posthumously published story by Raymond Carver, whose impact on short fiction is difficult to overstate. The story, "Kindling," in which a lonely ex-alcoholic spends his days cutting wood for his landlords, revives common Carver themes of wandering and redemption through small, tangible acts. The book includes short essays by each of the three judges, Michael Cunningham, Pam Houston and George Saunders, and lists 50 other notable stories of 1999. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Larry DarkJohn Edgar WidemanBeth LordanMary GordonRussell BanksJudy BudnitzKevin BrockmeierMelissa PritchardKeith BannerKiana DavenportJ. Robert LennonAllan GurganusNathan EnglanderAndrea BarrettJeannette BertlesJohn BiguenetKate WalbertTim GautreauxMichael ByersAlice Elliott DarkRaymond Carver
Introductionp. xv
Prize 1 Weight (Callaloo, Vol. 22, No. 3)p. 1
Prize 2 The Man With the Lapdog (The Atlantic Monthly, February 1999)p. 19
Prize 3 The Deacon (The Atlantic Monthly, May 1999)p. 37
Plains of Abraham (Esquire, July 1999)p. 61
Flush (McSweeney's, No. 3)p. 80
These Hands (The Georgia Review, Vol. LIII, No. 3)p. 97
Salve Regina (The Gettysburg Review, Vol. 12, No. 2)p. 126
The Smallest People Alive (The Kenyon Review, Vol. XXI, No. 1)p. 149
Bones of the Inner Ear (Story, Autumn 1999)p. 166
The Fool's Proxy (Harper's Magazine, October 1999)p. 177
He's at the Office (The New Yorker, February 15, 1999)p. 196
The Gilgul of Park Avenue (The Atlantic Monthly, March 1999)p. 211
Theories of Rain (The Southern Review, Vol. 35, No. 3)p. 234
Whileaway (The Gettysburg Review, Vol. 12, No. 1)p. 251
Rose (Esquire, January 1999)p. 272
The Gardens of Kyoto (DoubleTake, No. 15)p. 275
Easy Pickings (GQ, August 1999)p. 287
The Beautiful Days (Ploughshares, Vol. 25, Nos. 2and3)p. 300
Watch the Animals (Harper's Magazine, September 1999)p. 326
Kindling (Esquire, July 1999)p. 338
Contributors' Notesp. 353
Jurorsp. 365
Short-Listed Storiesp. 367
2000 Magazine Award: The Atlantic Monthlyp. 379
Magazines Consultedp. 381
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 409