In a few pages of carefully crafted thoughts, short story writers can capture a piece of our minds, memories, beliefs, flaws or realities that we often don’t admit to or understand. And yet we come to these stories to have these aspects of our thoughts revealed and presented for our contemplation. Each week we will read one or two short stories for discussion. Study group participants have a reputation for being perceptive, thoughtful and thorough in these discussions, and while we may not always agree on what a story means, we always leave the study group with a deeper understanding of it (and often of ourselves). Each study group participant is asked to choose a date to lead one of these discussions. We will use The O. Henry Prize Stories 100th Anniversary Edition edited by Laura Furman (Anchor, 2019). The paperback version will be available on September 10, 2019 and can be preordered for delivery on that date. Prior to the book’s availability study group members will be provided with a story chosen by the coordinators. Members can also opt to share stories that are not included in the text. No class on 09/30/19. Make-up class on 12/16/19.