Books: Summer Reading

Fiction and history to beguile vacation hours

PRIZE STORIES: THE O. HENRY AWARDS 1983 Edited by William Abrahams Doubleday; 344 pages; $16.95

Introducing this collection of 20 exemplary tales, culled from slick magazines and small literary journals, Editor William Abrahams notes: "However little attention they overtly pay to the public life of our time, these stories reflect in a more truthful way, at however indirect an angle of vision, the realities of contemporary life as most of us know it."

These mundane realities include the litany of woes that visit the unemployed...

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