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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories roam the world, from Nigeria to Venice, from an erupting volcano in Iceland to a brothel in the old Wild West. They feature a dazzling array of characters: a young American falling in love in Japan, a girl raised ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 28, 2014 Cassie rated it it was amazing
I have to confess that I don’t subscribe to any literary magazines.

I’m a hypocritical book mongrel.

I rally for the short story form, even flash fiction if it’s done right, but then I don’t actually support the magazines that provide and establish authors that try to keep that form alive. My only way of giving back is to read as many anthologies as I possibly can, particularly contemporary fiction anthologies. I also try not to stick to the ones that Barnes and Noble carries because they never ac
Alor Deng
Jul 10, 2015 Alor Deng rated it really liked it
One of the perks of reading short-story collections such as these is the opportunity to discover new authors. Tessa Hadley with "Valentine", Dylan Landins "Trust", and Maura Santon with "Oh Shenandoah" are authors that are now definitely on my radar. Their stories are great. However, there are four authors that stood out even more, so if you are to only read four stories- read these. Colleen Morrissey's "Good Faith", Robert Anthony Siegel's "The Right Imaginary Person", "The Inheritors" by ...more
Dec 06, 2016 Alberteinsteinmaloney rated it it was amazing
Ever since I received the 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories, I cannot stop reading these incredible collections. Nearly every story is one of the most beautiful, or most intriguing, or haunting I have ever read. These stories have reignited my passion for the art of the short story and inspired me to try to write short stories again. Particularly incredible in this collection was You Remember the Pin Mill by David Bradley: terrible and redeeming gorgeousness.
Austin Sill
Dec 09, 2016 Austin Sill rated it liked it
Stand outs include:

"Nero" by Louis Erdrich
"Good Faith" by Colleen Morrissey
"The Right Imaginary Person" by Robert Anthony Siegel
"Oh Shenandoah" by Maura Stanton
"Op-locka" by Laura van den Berg
Oct 01, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent collection of short stories.
Nov 21, 2015 Farah rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
My thanks goes to Anchor Books and to the editor of the collection for the ARC via NetGalley.

I am a massive fan of the art of the short story in its every form, so this collection has been a real treat.
Before reading this, I had a vague idea that somewhere, something like the O. Henry Prize for short stories existed, but actually going through this year's carefully prepared volume made me aware of its significance.

Namely, this tradition, the way the awards process is organised, the entire instit
Shannon Hollinger
Mar 28, 2016 Shannon Hollinger rated it really liked it
One of my goals for this year was to win an award for one of my short stories. Maybe an O. Henry Award is a bit ambitious, but when I stumbled across this anthology, I thought I might as well read what the competition was up to. That said, book read, I’m thinking I might focus my efforts on mystery story awards. It’s not that the stories in this book weren’t good, because they were, it’s just that with a short story, where an author has a very finite amount of time and space to make their ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
I love a good story. I love being caught up in a fictional world with characters so believable they make my real world seem untrue. I think I've always loved stories even though I can't remember being told stories when I was young. It may have happened, but I can't remember it. My story tellers have always been authors, their voices the words written on the page that translate to voices in my head. At times reading this collection I had the sensation of sitting outside around a fire with a ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Lissa rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
In recent years, I have become a fan of short story collections and try to read them from time to time. I have discovered, though, that I may not be a fan of the short story anthology because I had a really hard time getting through this one. There were a couple of stories that I really enjoyed; Valentine by Tessa Hadley and Nemecia by Kirstin Valdez Quade are particular favorites, but there were quite a few that I just couldn’t sink into. I think that if I had maybe read one story a week rather ...more
Zinemin Z
Feb 21, 2016 Zinemin Z rated it really liked it
Great collection of short stories. I am excited about these collections, because they show that relevant and interesting short stories are being written today. I liked several of the stories very well, but my favourites were probably Kirstin Valdez Quade “Nemecia”, Dylan Landis “Trust”, Kristen Iskandrian “The Inheritors” and Laura van den Berg “Opa-Locka”. The most fascinating story for me was the one by Dylan Landis, who was maximally stressful to read and had no real ending. In order to know ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Short stories usually are not something I pick up of my own volition. However, I am always on the lookout for short texts that may someday fit in the classroom, so I decided to read through these and see what was out there. Many of the stories were haunting and have stuck with me. I don't know that any were classroom appropriate, but I will definitely be revisiting a couple of the stories. In particular, "Valentine" by Tessa Hadley, "Nemecia" by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Nero by Louise Erdrich keep ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
The stories here skew dark: young folks in peril, missing and dead parents, snake handlers, and guns figure prominently in four out of 19 (and slightly less so in at least a couple of others).

In the judges' discussion of their favorite stories at the back of the book, Tash says, in reference to Mark Haddon's "The Gun," "You never know exactly how to react, for there's never a comfort zone." And I'd extend that to most of the stories in the collection. In a good way, mind you—I loved how off-kil
Caroline Anna Bock
May 26, 2015 Caroline Anna Bock rated it really liked it
The 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories - the best stories of the year (that's their subhead) had two gems for me - both dense, interior stories, which take changes with structure and voice and make the entire collection worthwhile: Talk by Stephen Dixon about a widower who realizes he hasn't talked to anyone all day, and the fabulous short short Deep Eddy by Michael Parker, which takes setting to an entire new level for me. The kind of book to pick off a library shelve unless you collect these sort of ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
There were some amazing stories in this book that will haunt me forever. Petur by Olivia Clare is a beautiful story of aging in a beautiful setting of a land. You Remember the Pin Mill by David Bradley was a snippet of the only happy moment in a man's childhood. Good Faith by Colleen Morrissey is a story about religion and choices. Opa-locka by Laura Van Den Berg is a story of two sisters just trying to exist.

All these different voices combine to make a beautiful orchestra of a book. The art of
Sep 13, 2015 Mitsuru rated it liked it
This year's anthology isn't good as I expected. I like three stories of "Nemecia" by Kirstin Valdez Quade (also included in the BA short stories 2013), "Good Faith" by Colleen Morrissey, and "Opa-locka" by Laura Van Den Berg.
I couldn't understand what is good in the story of "Deep Eddy". It was depicted the scene well, but it's too short for me.
Oct 11, 2015 Carly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm not enjoying this as much as last year's collection. The stories here aren't packing an emotional punch for me. My top picks so far are "The Gun" and "The Right Imaginary Person," maybe "Opa-Locka," too, and "Trust."
Sian Griffiths
May 14, 2015 Sian Griffiths rated it really liked it
A fairly well-rounded collection showcasing a wide variety of styles. My personal favorites: Mark Haddon's "The Gun," Louise Erdrich's "Nero," Chinelo Okparanta's "Fairness," & Kristen Iskandrian's "The Inheritors."
Dec 02, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Just read "Talk" by Stephen Dixon...excellent. I should really read more short stories. I really enjoy them.
Nov 17, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, shorts, enjoyed
My rating is for the book as a whole, while some of the stories deserve a 5* rating, others did not.
Gila Gila
Mar 31, 2015 Gila Gila rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
One of the best in recent years, many memorable stories. Can't wait to read Kirstin Valdez Quade's first collection!
May 16, 2016 Faye rated it really liked it
Didn't read it cover to cover because it was for a class. Loved everything I read! I didn't know I loved short stories so much.
Debra B.
Jan 04, 2015 Debra B. rated it really liked it
An excellent collection stories I received as a gift and would otherwise had not been aware existed.
Angelina Mirabella
Apr 12, 2015 Angelina Mirabella rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this collection. There are a few gems, including but not limited to Mark Haddon's "The Gun" and Dylan Landis' "Trust," but overall I found it an unremarkable anthology.
Laurel Doud
Oct 16, 2014 Laurel Doud rated it really liked it
My favorite was Fatherland by Halina Duraj. Haunting! The last line just stabbed me in the heart.

I loved how she paced it and went back and forth in time.
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Jan 04, 2015 Ess rated it liked it
Nemecia, Fatherland, The Women, and Nero were very good reads.
Martha rated it liked it
May 20, 2015
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Laura J. Furman (born 1945) is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the O. Henry Awards prize story collection. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, Ploughshares, Southwest Review.

She has written three collections of stories (The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, and Drinking with the Cook), two novels (The Shadow Line and Tuxedo Park), and a memoir (Ordinary P
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