The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007: The Best Stories of the Year

by Charles D'Ambrosio (Compiler)

Other authorsUrsula K. Le Guin (Compiler), Laura Furman (Editor), Lily Tuck (Compiler)
Paperback, 2007




Anchor Books, (2007)


A collection of short stories judged to be the best in America and Canada for 2006 presents an outstanding selection of short fiction, along with essays by the three judges and commentary from the twenty prize winners.

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LibraryThing member bell7
I picked up this short story collection because one of the authors was a professor I had in college. Because this is a collection, I can't really summarize or give a "star" rating, but I will say that even when I didn't particularly like what happened in a story, one of the reasons I enjoy short stories is that I can appreciate the form quite separate from what goes on in the narrative. Did the story make me think or surprise me? Did anything stay with me so that I had to wait a bit before moving on to the next one? With that in mind, "Mudder Tongue" by Brian Evenson, "The Gift of Years" by Vu Tran, and "The Scent of Cinnamon" by Charles Lambert stood out to me. It's a pretty eclectic mix, and definitely worth a look.… (more)
LibraryThing member librarybrandy
I'm calling it quits on this one. I tried to like it, but after reading more than a quarter of the stories in this collection, not one of them moved me at all. I can picture all the authors, sitting at home, dressed in black turtlenecks and hunched over their keyboards, maybe smoking thin cigarettes. They just have that literary coolness to them that (to me) winds up just plain inaccessible.

I tried, I failed. What else is new?
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