The Marriage Box


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Corie Adjmi is the author of the short story collection Life and Other Shortcomings, which won an International Book Award, an IBPA Benjamin Franklin award, and an American Fiction Award. Her essays and short stories have appeared in dozens of journals and magazines, including HuffPost, North American Review, Indiana Review, Medium, Motherwell, Kveller, and others. The Marriage Box is Corie's first novel. She is a mother and grandmother and lives and works in New York City.


"This read-alike for Meg Wolitzer's The Wife and Melissa Bank's A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing sets the weight of familial, romantic, and cultural expectations against the terrifying freedom of the unknown."

"In this crisp coming-of-age novel, Corie Adjmi courageously takes on a subject close to her heart, and one that has not yet been told through the female lens: the world of the Jewish Syrian girl."
--Ester Amini, Jewish Book Council

"The Marriage Boxis a wonderfully delightful page-turner that takes a deep dive into the intricacies of the Syrian Jewish community in New York. With humor, insight, and grace, Adjmi examines the plight of a spit-fire teenager who struggles to find where she fits in the world. As Casey Cohen journeys from wild teen to 18-year-old married woman, she will win every last reader's heart with her witty commentary, down-to-earth attitude, and courageous spunk. An unquestionable joyride from start to finish. This book is a must-read!"
--Jacqueline Friedland, USA Today best-selling author ofHe Gets That From Me

"The Marriage Box is a brilliant coming of age story that moves swiftly between the worlds of New Orleans and the Syrian Jewish community in NY. Our heroine, Casey, is flawed, kind and so vivid. We fall in love with her as she grapples to balance her need for independence with the comforts and constraints of tradition. I can't remember when I last enjoyed a story so much: I laughed, I cried, I learnt, and couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what Casey was going to do next. The Marriage Box is an absolute delight!"

--Ariana Neumann, New York Time best-selling author of When Time Stopped and National Jewish Book Award and Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner

"This book was real and authentic, giving the reader a stunning storyline and a unique cast of characters. There is so much growth and change within this story and it is so well written...I would highly recommend this book to anyone."
--Reader's Favorite, 5 STARS

"Corie Adjmi's fabulous novel The Marriage Boxis an unputdownable tale of Old World traditions-meets-New World desires. Adjmi doesn't hold back in this coming-of-age tale of a young woman who loses herself early on, shaped by a destructive past. The writing is rich, immersive, and seamless. You will root for Casey as she forges her own way in a patriarchal world. A must-read."
--Lisa Barr, award-winning author of Woman on Fire, The Unbreakables, and Fugitive Colors

"Adjmi has written a fascinating story of culture and custom and the choices that go along with it. Compelling and compulsively readable; I found myself rooting for Casey Cohen as I flipped through the pages, finishing in one single sitting. A must-read."
--Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today best-selling author of This Is Not How It Ends, Somebody's Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind

"I couldn't put The Marriage Bo down. Alternately funny and heart-wrenching, but always deftly observed, this is a fast-paced coming of age story that will stick with you."
--Jen Spyra, author of Big Time and former staff writer for CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

"Corie Adjmi's captivating novel The Marriage Box develops Casey's conflicted emotions with finesse, contrasting the allure of 1980s music, fashion, and television with the strict rituals of Sephardic Orthodox Judaism... From the spicy scent of cumin to the gleam of gold bracelets and silver Shabbat candlesticks, The Marriage Box recreates a defiant young woman's vibrant and insular world."
--Foreword Reviews

"A nuanced look at one woman's conflicted desire to break free from a regimented life."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An exceptionally well written and entertaining read from beginning to end."
--Wisconsin Bookwatch Review

"This was a wonderful story to follow about the Syrian Jewish community and culture. I loved the humor and care that the author took when writing this. This was a fantastic coming of age story that I could not turn pages fast enough but I didn't want it to end."
--Crossroad Review

Past Praise for the author's Life and Other Shortcomings:

2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award: Finalist in Cover Design: Small Format, Fiction
2020 American Fiction Awards: Winner in Short Story
2020 Best Book Awards Finalist

2020 International Book Award
Included in 2020's Best Beach Reads by Parade

"Featuring 12 stories about women in various cities and eras, each share a connection to one another. And you're along for the journey as they reveal certain truths about the female experience. It's an anthem, and also a cry for a change."
--Parade, "20 Classic and New Books About Feminism"

"A compelling collection that captures the mystery and menace beneath love and family life."
--Kirkus Reviews

"I'm in love with this book. It is just so good. It's real and definitely something that makes you feel like you've been heard and you have a friend."
--Ann Garvin, Founder of Tall Poppy Writers and USA Today best-selling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work, I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie's Watch

"Corie Adjmi has a flair for dramatizing scenes. She homes in on the killer moment, and her dialogue is so honest that I was cringing at times . . . It is just so vivid. "
--Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class

"Corie Adjmi's stories are sharply written, unsparing, and spot-on. With wisdom and humanity, Life and Other Shortcomings plumbs the mysteries of adult life: the menacing underside of love, the protean nature of grief, and the baffling difficulty of staying true to ourselves and the things we value most. Assured in her storytelling, Adjmi writes with force and perception. Her stories are a must-read."
--Elyssa Friedland, author of The Floating Feldmans and The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication

"Pitch perfect and very haunting, Life and Other Shortcomings is a true delight. Adjmi's interlocking stories are as funny as they are tragic. Her characters are so real and relatable, you'll find yourself rooting for them, even as they get into trouble. Adjmi is a great new talent."
--Alison Espach, author of The Adults

"All that glitters is not gold in Corie Adjmi's wonderful short story collection Life and Other Shortcomings. Adjmi exposes the fear, envy, and yearning that simmer just beneath the surface of her characters' beautiful lives. Her writing is both elegant and powerful. I was hooked from the first page to the last."
--Ellen Sussman, New York Times best-selling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This

"Among the women of these sto-ries are duti-ful house-wives, devout-ly reli-gious women, inse-cure teenagers, and many oth-er col-or-ful char-ac-ters. Pop culture references peppered throughout - including nostalgic callbacks to Dr.Scholl's sandals, Swanson's Frozen Dinners, Star Trek, and The Brady Bunch --only add to the realism and heart of the book. These stories are full of drama, humor, descriptive language, and insight, and they make for a very enjoyable read. Adjmi subtly, but so perceptively, unfolds the characters' private fears, hopes, and dreams, zeroing in on how a single experience or event can change a life."
--Jewish Book Council

"Twelve accounts bear witness to the female experience, and how the choices we make look differently depending on when and where we live. As a whole, the collection illustrates the influence of patriarchy, especially so before the #MeToo movement."

"For fans of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, Amazon's Modern Love, and HBO's Mrs. Fletcher, Life and Other Shortcomings is both a cautionary tale and a captivating window into women's lives. An honest, incisive, and compelling portrayal of the female experience."
--Beyond the Bookend

"We're all familiar with the happy parts of relationships, we've been raised on them, but Life and Other Shortcomings gets into the nitty-gritty of what comes over time."
--Paperback Paris

"Corie Adjmi's Life and Other Shortcomings is a slice of life literary work full of lessons that need to be shared today. Juxtaposing the present with the past, the book reveals a web of interconnected stories meant to relate to women's everyday lives. These stories are so honest and relatable, it hurts."
--Readers' Favorite

"Corie Adjmi's linked short stories tell of the heartaches and difficulties of growing up--physically and spiritually--as a woman in a patriarchal society. Wonderful writing!"
--Francoise Brodsky, Director Shakespeare & Co

"When you're tired of binge-watching Netflix, this collection is an honest cautionary tale about the female experience."
--Brit + Co

"Twelve stories highlight very different women and their journeys. Take a peek into these women's lives and into their relationships."
--Frolic Media

"Take a break from reality and relax with a great new book."

"Honest portrayal of women in a patriarchal world."


"Poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and unnerving all at once, Life and Other Shortcomings is the one you've been waiting for. This collection is replete with emotionally charged, compassionate, true tolife characters. Stories come together to create layer over layer of veiled emotional and psychological complexity."
--Nicole Dweck, author of The Debt of Tamar