The finalists for this year's Story Prize are The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo (Scribner), We Others by Steven Millhauser (Knopf), and Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (Lookout Books). The Story Prize, which annually honors the top book of short fiction, chose the three finalists from a field of 92 books from 60 different publishers. The judges for this year's prize are Sherman Alexie, Breon Mitchell, and Louise Steinman.
The Angel Esmeralda is DeLillo's first short story collection, the nine stories published between 1979 and 2010. Millhauser's 21 stories are comprised of 14 previously published stories, and seven new stories. And Pearlman's Binocular Vision, a National Book Award finalist, has stories dating back to 1976.
The Story Prize was established in 2004. Previous winners include The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat, Like You'd Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard, Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff, and, most recently, Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr. The winner will be announced on March 21 at the New School's Tishman Auditorium in New York City.