May 19, 2015 10:58 AM

Deborah Eisenberg wins Malamud prize for short fiction

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Deborah Eisenberg, whose short stories have been widely praised for their concentrated language and striking insights, has received a lifetime achievement award.

Eisenberg is this year's winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Prize judges Tuesday cited her as "one of the consummate story makers of our day." Her books include "Transactions in a Foreign Currency" and "Twilight of the Superheroes" and her previous honors include another lifetime achievement prize for short fiction, the Rea Award.

The PEN/Malamud Award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, was established in 1988 and is named for author Bernard Malamud. Previous winners include Saul Bellow, Alice Munro and George Saunders.


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