About the Book
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.
Praise for Life and Other Shortcomings
Included in 2020’s Best Beach Reads by Parade
“A compelling collection that captures the mystery and menace beneath love and family life.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Corie Adjmi has a flair for dramatizing scenes. She homes in on the killer moment, and her dialogue is so honest that I was cringing at times . . . It is just so vivid. ”―Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class
“Corie Adjmi’s stories are sharply written, unsparing, and spot-on. With wisdom and humanity, Life and Other Shortcomings plumbs the mysteries of adult life: the menacing underside of love, the protean nature of grief, and the baffling difficulty of staying true to ourselves and the things we value most. Assured in her storytelling, Adjmi writes with force and perception. Her stories are a must-read.” ―Elyssa Friedland, author of The Floating Feldmans and The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication
“Pitch perfect and very haunting, Life and Other Shortcomings is a true delight. Adjmi’s interlocking stories are as funny as they are tragic. Her characters are so real and relatable, you’ll find yourself rooting for them, even as they get into trouble. Adjmi is a great new talent.” ―Alison Espach, author of The Adults
“All that glitters is not gold in Corie Adjmi’s wonderful short story collection Life and Other Shortcomings. Adjmi exposes the fear, envy, and yearning that simmer just beneath the surface of her characters’ beautiful lives. Her writing is both elegant and powerful. I was hooked from the first page to the last.” ―Ellen Sussman, New York Times best-selling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This
This was the perfect book for right now! I’m such a sucker for short stories in general, and a female powerhouse backed collection is even more perfect! And each of these stories are so relatable in their own way. And the writing is so lush and vibrant and added so much to these powerful stories.
As with any compilation of short stories there were ones I liked more than others, but I have to admit that there were none I could say I didn’t like. This was such a well tailored set of stories and I love how they all intertwined in some manner. And the writing, I just can’t speak enough about it, just fit the stories so perfectly. It was both sparse and eloquent enough to make you feel as if you were almost an intruder listening in on these stories.
Overall I found this little collection to be a perfect breather-read. I’ve been reading a lot of heavy things and this was the perfect little collection to break all of that. Plus we all need some girl power every now and then!
About the Author
Corie Adjmi grew up in New Orleans. She started writing in her 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.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*