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Publisher's Summary

Established early in the last century as a memorial to O. Henry, 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 inventive, full-bodied stories representing the very best in American and Canadian fiction.
Stories included are:


The Ceiling by Kevin Brockmeier
Scordatura by Mark Ray Lewis
The Butcher's Wife by Louise Erdrich
Do Not Disturb by A. M. Homes
Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan
Charity by Richard Ford
Good Old Neon by David Foster WallaceThe O. Henry Prize Stories 2002 is available in print from Anchor Books.
Executive Producer: Dan Zitt
Producer: David Rapkin
Original jacket design by John Gall
©2002 by Anchor Books, a Division of Random House, Inc.
(P)2002 Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Interesting and unconventional." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Sheri C on 03-21-07

Not particularly entertaining

Although the narrators did a fine job with the material, the stories were neither engaging or moving. The only technical issue I had with this selection was that there was little or no pause between stories, and the later stories had no introduction, which could be confusing. A few times, it took me a moment to realize that one story had finished and an entirely different one had started.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ray on 04-19-03

mixed bag

Although this certainly has its high points, I found them to be too few and far between, and often found myself feeling impatient and anxious for it to be over.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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