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By COLETTE BANCROFT Times Book Editor
Published May 18, 2007


Three new collections offer a wide range of short stories.

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007: The Best Stories of the Year (Anchor), edited by Laura Furman, lives up to its title as usual, with standout stories from William Trevor, Alice Munro, Tony D'Souza and more.

The Secrets of a Fire King (Penguin) by Kim Edwards was first published 10 years ago but is being reissued, with three new stories, after the phenomenal success (3.5-million copies sold) of Edwards' first novel The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Lydia Davis is an elegant collection of quirky, experimental stories - some as short as a sentence or two - by a MacArthur "genius grant" recipient.