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The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners (The O. Henry… (edició 2021)
de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Editor), Jenny Minton Quigley (Col·laborador)
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The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Editor)
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O. Henry Prize Stories (2021)
Twenty prizewinning stories selected from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year--continuing the O. Henry Prize's century-long tradition of literary excellence. Now entering its second century, the prestigious annual story anthology has a new title, a new look, and a new guest editor. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has brought her own refreshing perspective to the prize, selecting stories by an engaging mix of celebrated names and young emerging voices. The winning stories are accompanied by an introduction by Adichie, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction. Featured in this collection: Daphne Palasi Andreades * David Means * Sindya Bhanoo * Crystal Wilkinson * Alice Jolly * David Rabe * Karina Sainz Borgo (translator, Elizabeth Bryer) * Jamel Brinkley * Tessa Hadley * Adachioma Ezeano * Anthony Doerr * Tiphanie Yanique * Joan Silber * Jowhor Ile * Emma Cline * Asali Solomon * Ben Hinshaw * Caroline Albertine Minor (translator, Caroline Waight) * Jianan Qian * Sally Rooney
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.010806Literature English (North America) American fiction By type Short fiction
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Although many of the journals and literary websites submitting short stories for considerations are US based, and many of the writers live and work in the United States, this anthology, guest edited by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has a more international flavour and feel than I expected, with stories from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe as well as the US and Canada. There are three stories by writers whose previous work I have read, and a couple more who I have heard of, but many authors are quite new to me and I would love to read more by several of them.
The stories cover a variety of subjects and themes, romantic and family relationships, at least one about what looks like a potential romance or at least summer fling that never really happens, about various jobs and lives around the world. I originally borrowed the anthology in order to read the story Colour and Light by Sally Rooney, set in a small Irish town, which I had previously listened to as an audio recording, but I was really interested in many of the others, including Brown Girls and Two Nurses, Smoking (both set in the US) and, Becoming the Baby Girl, about a student in Nigeria, learning how the apparently cool Tall Girls on her course afford their apparently glamorous clothes and lifestyle.
As well as the short stories, this book includes a lot of detail about how stories are submitted, read and selected for the prize, and background information for each story: s a mini interview about the writer's inspiration and some biographical information. This is useful and fascinating but the organisation of this content is rather frustrating, with the profiles in a separate section near the back of the book, and unlike the stories, arranged alphabetically by author name,. The details of where the stories were first published are listed separately. I would have preferred to have these story/author profiles and previous publication information with each story
I would love to read further volumes in this series, past or future, but am not sure I will get the opportunity. ( )