Vintage Contemporaries

The Stories of Alice Adams

Publisher: Vintage
“Alice Adams has an inimitable ‘voice’–quick, deft, brilliantly evocative and specific. There is always something special about a story of hers, like a watercolor perfectly executed.”  --Joyce Carol Oates
Award-winning writer Alice Adams, whose major themes were the varied lives of contemporary women and the hidden workings of human relationships is equally treasured for her short stories and her novels.
The stories collected here represent the full range of her career, which included 25 appearances in The New Yorker, 6 O.Henry First Prizes out of a total of 23 appearances, as well as inclusion in numerous Best American Short Stories anthologies. In story after story insight joins with grace to show us the truth about the lives of people around us.
Included: “Verlie I Say Unto You,”  “Beautiful Girl,” “The Swastika on the Door,”  “Greyhound People,”  “The Girl Across the Room,”  Truth or Consequences,”  “Separate Planes,”  “Your Doctor Loves You,”  “Old Love Affairs,” “Earthquake Damage,” and 43 other classic stories.



Every morning of all the years of the thirties, at around seven, Verlie Jones begins her long and laborious walk to the Todds' house, two miles uphill. She works for the Todds--their maid. Her own house, where she lives with her four children, is a slatted floorless cabin, in a grove of...
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Joyce Carol Oates described her "inimitable voice" as "quick, deft, brilliantly evocative."

"No other writer in recent memory has called to mind quite so clearly the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald."
--The Washington Post

Alice Adams's stories have been compared to Katherine Mansfield's and Flannery O'Connor's (Newsweek)

"[a] master of the genre"
--Los Angeles Times

From the Hardcover edition.