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“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction”—The Atlantic Monthly
 
The O. Henry Prize Stories 1989 gathers 20 of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines.

Stories include:
Ernest J. Finney “Peacocks” (first prize)
Joyce Carol Oates “House Hunting” (second prize)
Harriet Doerr “Edie: A Life” (third prize)
Jean Ross “The Sky Fading Upward to Yellow: A Footnote to Literary History”
Starkey Flythe, Jr. “CV10”
Alice Adams “After You’ve Gone”
Frances Sherwood “History”
Banning K. Lary “Death of a Duke”
T. Coraghessan Doyle “Sinking House”
Catherine Petroski “The Hit”
James Salter “American Express”
David Foster Wallace “Here and There”
Susan Minot “Ile Sèche”
Millicent Dillon “Wrong Stories”
Charles Simmons “Clandestine Acts”
John Casey “Avid”
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison “To Be”
Rick Bass “The Watch”
Ellen Herman “Unstable Ground”
Charles Dickinson “Child in the Leaves”

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Born in 1919, William Abrahams published four successful novels and a number of poems before finding his true calling as an editor. He presided over the O. Henry Awards for more than 30 years starting in 1965. Abrahams also worked as the west coast editor of Atlantic Monthly Press and collaborated on nonfiction books with his partner, Peter Stansky. He passed away in 1998.
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A nanny remains peripheral to the lives of her beloved wards; a free spirit is held captive by his mad son; an old woman purges her home with running water--"pure, baptismal"--after the death of her tyrannical husband; there are no winners in a savage showdown between two powerful prisoners; and a boy whose scruples and singular sense of honor compel him to inform on his friends evokes, many years after the event, pity and admiration from one of his victims. Mostly culled from small literary magazines, the 20 stories in this 69th volume in the annual O. Henry Awards series--published simultaneously in trade paper and cloth editions for the first time--authentically highlight aspects of contemporary experience: often protagonists mourn the loss of a child, fret over impending parenthood or have difficulty relating to family members/lovers. But the collection as a whole, while always technically adept, is, nevertheless, enervated by the emotional sterility of some characters and plots, the latter demonstrated, for example, in "Wrong Stories," a story about the telling of stories. Winners include Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Adams, Rick Bass and Charles Dickinson. Abrahams is a senior editor at Dutton.
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