Short stories by Alice Adams.
Alice Adams (August 14, 1926 – May 27, 1999) was an American short story writer and novelist. In 1982 she became the third author of only four to receive the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement for her short stories (others having gone to John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alice Munro).
Listing 18 stories.
A housewife in Wisconsin tries desperately to warn people about the impending doom Hitler poses as he rises to power in Europe. Simultaneously, she lives vicariously through her daughters and hopes to glean satisfaction out of their romances where she can't from her own.
A young woman's luck turns around as she takes time off to visit her sister in Alaska, while her elderly co-worker is haunted by her own age and recollections of her past.
When Ardis Bascombe drunkenly kissed Walpole Greene one college night, she did not know she would be stirring a deadly attraction that might be fatal for her.
A 13-year old girl with an eating disorder is sent to live with her mother's distant relatives. She experiences a game changing mind shift and begins to change her behavior for the better.
A woman flying home to San Francisco is forced on a detour because of a catastrophic earthquake that hits Northern California. She calls an ex-boyfriend with whom she is still in love to make sure he is safe and the two weigh whether or not to continue their romance.
A German hotel owner in Hawaii experiences a jolt of excitement in his life when a young woman who loves literature and detests flights as much as he does checks in his hotel...with her husband.
In the midst of his divorce, Carter, a man who seemingly struggles with impotence, realizes that he has a tendency to get married to chronically unfaithful women
Molly and her friend, Sandy, spend a tense getaway weekend together in Northern California, where they encounter a stray dog which haunts Molly afterward.
An older man meets with various friends and an ex-wife in New York City, where he has come after his fourth wife ran off with a poet.
After her home is burglarized, Deborah makes some startling realizations about herself and her boyfriend.