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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015


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Table of Contents

Laura Furman, Introduction
Percival Everett, "Finding Billy White Feather," Virginia Quarterly Review
Lydia Davis, "The Seals ," The Paris Review
Lionel Shriver, "Kilifi Creek," The New Yorker
Manuel Munoz, "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA," Glimmer Train
Russell Banks, "A Permanent Member of the Family," Conjunctions
Dina Nayeri, "A Ride Out of Phrao," Alaska Quarterly Review
Emily Ruskovich, "Owl," One Story
Becky Hagenston, "The Upside-Down World," Subtropics
Lynn Freed, "The Way Things Are Going," Harper's Magazine
Brenda Peynado, "The History of Happiness," Cimarron Review
Naira Kuzmich, "The Kingsley Drive Chorus," Salamander
Emma Toerzs, "Word of Mouth," The Threepenny Review
Christopher Merkner, "Cabins," Subtropics
Molly Antopol, "My Grandmother Tells Me This Story," Ecotone
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, "The Golden Rule," Fifth Wednesday Journal
Joan Silber, "About My Aunt," Tin House
Thomas Pierce, "Ba Baboon," The New Yorker
Elizabeth Strout, "Snow Blind," Virginia Quarterly Review
Vauhini Vara, "I, Buffalo," Tin House
Elizabeth McCracken, "Birdsong from the Radio," Zoetrope: All-Story
Reading The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Jurors on Their Favorites
Writing The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Writers on Their Work
Directory of Publications

About the Author

Laura Furman, series editor of The O. Henry Prize Stories since 2003, is the winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for her fiction. The author of seven books, including her recent story collection The Mother Who Stayed, she taught writing for many years at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Central Texas.


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

"Those who still cling to the promise of the short story can be glad that there is still someone willing to do the heavy lifting." -Los Angeles Times

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