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Publisher's Summary

Twenty prizewinning stories selected from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year - continuing the O. Henry Prize's century-long tradition of literary excellence. 

"Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction." - The Atlantic Monthly

Now entering its second century, the prestigious annual story anthology has a new title, a new look, and a new guest editor. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has brought her own refreshing perspective to the prize, selecting stories by an engaging mix of celebrated names and young emerging voices. The winning stories are accompanied by an introduction by Adichie, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction.

Featured in this collection: Daphne Palasi Andreades • David Means • Sindya Bhanoo • Crystal Wilkinson • Alice Jolly • David Rabe • Karina Sainz Borgo (translator, Elizabeth Bryer) • Jamel Brinkley • Tessa Hadley • Adachioma Ezeano • Anthony Doerr • Tiphanie Yanique • Joan Silber • Jowhor Ile • Emma Cline • Asali Solomon • Ben Hinshaw • Caroline Albertine Minor (translator, Caroline Waight) • Jianan Qian • Sally Rooney

©2021 Respective authors of all stories within (P)2021 Random House Audio

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"The Best Short Stories for 2021" edited by Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie was rather disappointing to me, especially from a collection curated by such an interesting author.

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Don't Waste Your Money

How can anyone think these plotless, abruptly ending, poorly written stories are worthy of print or an audiobook. I'm requesting a refund.

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Depressing! Depressing! Depressing!

I can enjoy a hard hitting theme as much as anyone but it’s like they went searching for the most miserable collection of misfortune possible. I felt like throwing myself off the edge after about the 5th story 😭😭😭

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No lightness in this collection

Well crafted stories and artful narration, but so depressing. I powered through until the end, but I didn’t enjoy this collection.

The selections are from diverse authors and I like that. I am always trying to find light in this challenging world, but there is little light in this collection.

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  • Ian Davidson
  • 11-24-21

Fantastic reading

A selection of stories from all over the world, interesting and varied and even when they aren’t overly relatable to me, the fantastic narration and high quality of it keep me hooked. Looking forward to another instalment.

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  • Janet Kieran
  • 04-06-22

Absolutely a most boring collection

Absolutely the most boring stories I have ever heard. A total waste of a credit. Even the introduction and forward were boring.