Short Stories

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a book for book lovers. Fikry, the novel’s protagonist, owns a bookstore and references to books and reading frequent the novel’s, reminding us how stories can affirm or change our lives. Each chapter begins with a note from A.J. about a favorite short story and why it speaks to him.

We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.

Here are the stories from his storied life.

Chapter 1 – Lamb to the Slaughter
Chapter 2 – The Diamond as Big as the Ritz 
Chapter 3 – The Luck of Roaring Camp
Chapter 4 – What Feels Like the World
Chapter 5- A Good Man is Hard to Find
Chapter 6 – The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Chapter 7 – The Girls in Their Summer Dresses
Chapter 8 – A Conversation with My Father
Chapter 9 – A Perfect Day for Bananafish
Chapter 10 – The Tell-Tale Heart
Chapter 11 – Ironhead
Chapter 11A – Bullet in the Brain
Chapter 12 – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Chapter 13 – The Bookseller