Wednesday, May 10, 2006

At the mailbox

Today was a good day at the mailbox. First, I found Matthew Klam's Sam the Cat and other stories, which I had ordered from Amazon, on my doorstep (UPS); then in the actual mailbox I found a surprise complimentary copy of The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006, one of the two top annual short story anthologies. Plenty of fodder for blogging for a while.

Because the O. Henry anthology and the Best American Short Stories anthology are released at different times, they can be slightly out of synch. For example, this O. Henry includes "Old Boys, Old Girls," by Edward P. Jones, which was in BASS 2005.

Other stories in the O. Henry:
"You Go When You Can No Longer Stay," Jackie Kay, Granta
"Mule Killers," Lydia Peelle, Epoch
"The Broad Estates of Death," Paula Fox, Harper's Magazine
"The Pelvis Series," Neela Vaswani, Epoch
"Conceived," David Lawrence Morse, One Story
"The Dressmaker's Child," William Trevor, The New Yorker
"Disquisition on Tears," Stephanie Reents, Epoch
"Sault Ste. Marie," David Means, Harper's Magazine
"Unction," Karen Brown, The Georgia Review
"'80s Lilies," Terese Svoboda, Indiana Review
"Passion," Alice Munro, The New Yorker
"The Center of the World," George Makana Clark, The Georgia Review
"Wolves," Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Prairie Schooner
"Girls I Know," Douglas Trevor, Epoch
"The Plague of Doves," Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker
"Famine," Xu Xi, Ploughshares
"Puffed Rice and Meatballs," Lara Vapnyar, Zoetrope All-Story
"Letters in the snow--for kind strangers and unborn children--for the ones lost and most beloved," Melanie Rae Thon, One Story
"Window," Deborah Eisenberg, Tin House

I can't wait to review them all.