Program Details

The Great American Short Story Club

Caren Neile
Arts & Letters

Course Description

What could be better than a book club with an intimate gathering of thoughtful, intelligent people enjoying light refreshments? A short story club with an intimate gathering of thoughtful, intelligent people enjoying light refreshments! Here’s how it works: Each week, you will receive a hard copy or email of a very readable classic story by a great American writer. You will also receive some questions to consider while you read. Then, when we’re all together in a comfortable space, we will have an opportunity to participate in a lively discussion about the style, characters, setting, and what the story reveals about American culture. Class size is limited, so please register early!


  1. Crime: Edgar Allen Poe's The Purloined Letter
  2. Marriage: Edith Wharton's The Mission of Jane
  3. Money: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited
  4. Men: Ernest Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
  5. Women: Dorothy Parker's Big Blonde
  6. Immigration: Isaac Bashevis Singer's Gimpel the Fool 

About the Instructor

  • Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies and writing at FAU, FIU and other institutions for over two decades. Her numerous publications include a bi-weekly column for The Florida Jewish Journal, the books Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland (Univ. of Wisconsin), Florida Lore and Only in Florida (both History Press) and her latest book, out November 2021, Peninnah's World: A Jewish Life in Stories (Hamilton Books). Dr. Neile has ghostwritten and edited memoirs and other work for numerous clients over the years.

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