Short stories by Irwin Shaw
Irwin Shaw (February 27, 1913 – May 16, 1984) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for two of his novels: The Young Lions (1948), about the fate of three soldiers during World War II, which was made into a film of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970), about the fate of two brothers and a sister in the post-World War II decades which in 1976 was made into a popular miniseries starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely.
Listing 12 stories.
A Jewish soldier receives a letter from his father in America which details his experiences with Anti-Semitism, and causes him to reflect on his own life. He realizes that his friends have not faced the discrimination he has, but is glad when they acknowledge this and treat him the way they always have — as an equal.
American soldiers discuss their lives while waiting for planes to return from a mission.
A U.S. Foreign Service officer returns home to Paris and expects to pick things up with his on-and-off again girlfriend after a long assignment overseas. Instead, he finds that she has moved on, possibly for good.
A lonely American man visiting Paris wishes for a more daring and exciting life, only to have a change of heart when he sees drama unfold outside his window.
In New York city, a middle-aged man goes for a late-night drink at a familiar restaurant and provides brief respite to stranger who is waiting for a call about the execution of a man who killed his wife.
After an accountant finishes helping his company evade taxes, he says goodbye to his son leaving for war.
A man who hasn't gotten over his past love, sees his ex walking down the streets. The only issue is that the ex has changed and is married.
After World War II, as he skis in the mountains of Switzerland, a Jewish Frenchman recognizes a German man who once left him for dead in the snow as a child.
A newly discharged veteran from World War II is finally on a train back home and anticipates his return to mundane life, even if he carries the burdens of war. Elsewhere across the ocean, Hitler anticipates his return to power.
When a former air force pilot’s friend goes missing for 32 days, he recalls a dangerous but tempting deal he was offered months ago and assumes the worst for his more gullible and perhaps unlucky friend.