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The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories


Jones’s only collection of stories is back in print, with a new preface by daughter Kaylie Jones and a brand new study guide.

$18.95 $14.21

What people are saying…

“Superbly realized stories . . . Personal, vigorous, meaningful.”
Library Journal

“We feel the impact of Jones’s vitality. He is masculine, uninhibited, not abashed by whatever he uncovers of human weakness and sexuality.”
Chicago Sun Times

“The thirteen stories are anything but dated . . . a compact social history of what it was like for Mr. Jones’s generation to grow up, go to war, marry, and generally, to become people in America.”
The Nation


The World War II trilogy, From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle established James Jones as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The Ice-Cream Headache—out of print for more than fifteen years—is Jones’s only collection of short stories. Unique to the collection is an author’s introduction that illuminates his development as a writer over twenty years, beginning in 1947.

The thirteen penetratingly sensitive, remarkably varied stories are about men, women, and children in love, at war, in marriage. Each story is distinguished by the classical simplicity, emotional resonance, and lasting impact that is the hallmark of the great short story writer.

Also by James Jones:
The Merry Month of May
From Here to Eternity
Some Came Running
The Pistol
The Thin Red Line
Go to the Widow-Maker
A Touch of Danger
Viet Journal
World War II

Book Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Published: 10/1/02
  • IBSN: 9781888451351


JAMES JONES (1921–1977) became internationally famous with his first novel, From Here to Eternity, a classic portrayal of Army life in WWII, which won the National Book Award. Over the next twenty-five years, he wrote ten more books, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Merry Month of May and The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories.

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