This list reflects A.J. Fikry’s love of short stories. It was compiled from the stories mentioned at the beginning of each chapter of the novel. Happy reading!
(For more about the novel The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, go to TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE).
“The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” a novella, F. Scott Fitzgerald
“ What Feels Like the World “ 1985 Richard Bausch
“A Good Man is Hard to Find”, 1953 Flannery O’Connor (The story Amy favours)
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, 1865, Mark Twain
“The Girls in their Summer Dresses”, Irwin Shaw, 1939
“A Conversation with my Father” Grace Paley, 1972
“A Perfect Day for Banana-fish” by J D Salinger,1948
“The Tell-Tale Heart” E.A. Poe, 1843
“Ironhead”, Aimee Bender, 2005
“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolfe
His favourite story: “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” Raymond Carver, 1980
“The Bookseller”, Roald Dahl, 1986
His suggestions to Maya, now a teenager, who is having trouble writing a story:
“The Beauties”, Anton Chekhov / “The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield / “A Perfect Day for Banana-fish” by J D Salinger / “Brownies” or “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” by ZZ Packer / “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel / “Fat” by Raymond Carver / “Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway