Given that 2009 looks set to live in literary memory as the year that brought us Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol", Jordan: "Pushed to the Limit" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", it is important to take comfort where it can be found -- in the sudden and splendid blossoming of the short story. What's more, in 2009, it is women who have been picking up the laurels.
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