One Story Author Valerie Trueblood makes Frank O’Connor Award Shortlist!

marryorburnCongratulations to OS author Valerie Trueblood (#35 “The Magic Pebble), whose short story collection Marry or Burn has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award! She and five other authors (among them Yiyun Li, Edna O’Brien, and Colm Tóibín) have been recognized this year for the prize, which will award the winner €35,000 along with great literary acclaim. We’re wishing Valerie all the best, and looking forward to when the prize is announced on September 18. Until then, here’s what Alannah Hopkin, Irish writer and judge of the contest, had to say about Valerie’s work:

“[For Trueblood], it was the complexity of her stories – really good short stories often tell two stories at the same time and she does that very well. She has a very distinctive voice.”

Other critics echo this praise—Publisher’s Weekly gave Marry or Burn a starred review for its “bracing honesty and elegant turns of phrase,” and Booklist noted it as “unique and thought-provoking…[with] well-drawn characters.”

You can watch a book trailer for Marry or Burn below. Check out more of Valerie’s writing here. Read all about this year’s Frank O’Connor shortlist here. Good luck, Valerie!

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