This week’s other featured books, “The Three of Them,” by Zeke Jarvis and “Welfare,” by Steve Anwyll, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Author’s page. Note: The “First Tuesday Replay” has been moved to next week.
THE BOOK: Life and Other Shortcomings
PUBLISHED IN: August 4, 2020
THE AUTHOR: Corie Adjmi
THE EDITOR: Brooke Warner
THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA
SUMMARY: 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 a 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. Life and Other Shortcomingsis required reading for anyone interested in an honest, incisive, and compelling portrayal of the female experience.
THE BACK STORY: The stories were individually published in literary journals. My characters seemed to know one another and so linking the stories felt natural, even essential.
WHY THIS TITLE: It came to me when I was drinking coffee one morning. I wanted to hit on life and all its flaws. The word “shortcomings” appealed to me.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Both a cautionary tale and a captivating window into women’s lives, Life and Other Shortcomings is a vivid portrayal of women and girls struggling to find their way amid cultural constraints. The collection is timely in its depiction of women continuing to make significant gains toward gender equality. These interconnected stories are honest and relatable, often packing a punch.
“A compelling collection that captures the mystery and menace beneath love and family life.”– Kirkus Review
“Corie Adjmi’s Life and Other Shortcomings is a slice of lifs both a cautionary tale and a captivating window into women’s lives. An honest, incisive, and compelling portrayal of the female experience.” — Beyond the Bookends
For more reviews, see corieadjmi.com
AUTHOR PROFILE: 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, Huff Post 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.Visit her website at http://www.corieadjmi.com.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: My own personal struggles and those of women close to me, drove me to the page. Writing personally and specifically often captures something universal. Women are taught their anger is something to be ashamed of. I had to find some way to express my discontent with the status quo. Pushing back against gaslighting and male dominance, writing was my way of saying, I won’t shut up or stay small.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Shakespeare & Co. – 939 Lexington Ave. New York, NY, 10065
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Indie Bound, ibooks
PRICE: Print: $16.95, Digital $9.49
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Corie@corieadjmi.com