Life and Other Shortcomings

Life and Other Shortcomings

by Corie Adjmi

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Overview

Life and Other Shortcomings is a collection of linked short stories that takes the reader from New Orleans to New York City to Madrid, and from 1970 to the present day. The women in these twelve stories make a number of different choices: some work, others don’t; some stay married, some get divorced; others never marry at all. Through each character’s intimate journey, specific truths are revealed about what it means to be a woman—in relationship with another person, in a particular culture and era—and how these conditions ultimately affect her relationship with herself. The stories as a whole depict patriarchy, showing what still might be, but certainly what was, for some women in this country before the #MeToo movement. Both a cautionary tale and a captivating window into women’s lives, Life and Other Shortcomings is required reading for anyone interested in an honest, incisive, and compelling portrayal of the female experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631527135
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 494,368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Corie Adjmi grew up in New Orleans. She started writing in her late thirties, and her award-winning fiction and personal essays have since appeared in over two dozen publications, including North American Review, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, and, more recently, HuffPost and Man Repeller. In 2019, Life and Other Shortcomings was a finalist for the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for short fiction from BkMk Press. When she is not writing, Corie does volunteer work, cooks, draws, bikes, and hikes. She and her husband have five children and a number of grandchildren, with more on the way. She lives and works in New York City.

Table of Contents

Dinner Conversation 1

Sunny Side Up 19

The Joker 31

Blind Man's Bluff 33

All You Touch 49

Happily Ever After 59

Shadows and Partially Lit Faces 64

Lucky 76

The Devil Makes Three 94

That's How It Was with Howie 117

Tick Tock 128

Drowning Girl 141

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