Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 (Paperback)

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By Kelly Link (Selected by), Marie-Helene Bertino (Selected by), Nina McConigley (Selected by)
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"A welcome addition to the run of established short story annuals, promising good work to come." --Kirkus Reviews

Many writers who are household names today got their start when an editor encountered their work for the first time and took a chance. This book celebrates twelve such moments of discovery. The first volume of an annual anthology, launched alongside PEN's new Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, it recognizes writers who have had outstanding fiction debuts in a print or online literary magazine.

The winning stories collected here--selected this year by judges Marie-Helene Bertino, Kelly Link, and Nina McConigley--take place in South Carolina and in South Korea, on a farm in the eighteenth century and among the cubicles of a computer- engineering firm in the present day. They narrate age-old themes with current urgency: migration, memory, technology, language, love, ecology, identity, family.

Each work comes with an introduction by the editor who originally published it, explaining why he or she chose it. The commentaries provide insight into a process that often remains opaque to readers and students of writing, and showcase the vital work literary magazines do to nurture contemporary literature's new voices.

About the Author

MARIE-HELENE BERTINO's debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat's Pajamas, was a Barnes & Noble Fall 2014 Discover Great New Writers pick and a Best Book of 2014 at NPR. Her debut collection of short stories, Safe as Houses, received the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named an Outstanding Collection by the Story Prize. She is the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Center for Fiction, Sewanee, the MacDowell, and Hedgebrook writers colonies. She teaches at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, where she is an editor at large for Catapult.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781936787685
ISBN-10: 1936787687
Publisher: Catapult
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English