“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
“Corie Adjmi's linked short stories tell of the heartaches and difficulties of growing up—physically and spiritually—as a woman in a patriarchal society. Wonderful writing!"
—Francoise Brodsky, Director Shakespeare and Co
“Among the women of these stories are dutiful housewives, devoutly religious women, insecure teenagers, and many other colorful characters. Pop culture references peppered throughout – including nostalgic callbacks to Dr. Scholl’s sandals, Swanson’s Frozen Dinners, Star Trek, and The Brady Bunch – only add to the realism and heart of the book. These stories are full of drama, humor, descriptive language, and insight, and they make for a very enjoyable read. Adjmi subtly, but so perceptively, unfolds the characters’ private fears, hopes, and dreams, zeroing in on how a single experience or event can change a life.”
—Jewish Book Council