The Ice-Cream Headache by James Jones
and Other Stories

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A collection of short stories by one of America’s great twentieth-century writers
In his introduction to this collection of sharply crafted short stories, James Jones compares novel writing to a long-term, chronic illness. Writing short stories, he says, is like a brief, intense fever: the kind that can kill or disappear in a matter of days. Although best known for epic war novels such as From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, Jones also wrote short stories, and the ones in this volume burn with deadly intensity. Besides the expected stories of the soldier’s life, Jones gives us something surprising: five stories of childhood, tender and horrifying at the same time, inspired by his early life in the Depression-stricken Midwest. They and the other shorts in this volume are accompanied by author’s notes, which supplement Jones’s introduction, and a preface by his daughter, Kaylie Jones. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author’s estate.

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James Jones was born in Robinson, Illinois on November 6, 1921. He was unable to afford college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939. His experiences during World War II inspired his best-known works: From Here to Eternity (1951), which won the National Book Award in 1952, The Thin Red Line (1962), and Whistle (1978). His other works include The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, and The Merry Month of May. Many of his books were adapted into movies including From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line. He died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 1977.
Published May 10, 2011 by Open Road Media. 235 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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James Jones presents James Jones in some wavering paragraphs introducing this collection of stories—some published, some stillborn, most old, one brand new, nothing, we are pleased to say, borrowed wittingly, and most of them strangled blue with tremulous posturing.

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