Short stories have the power to entertain, inform, and even heal. Interpreting those stories, uncovering the author’s message, is a noble, challenging task. That task is the goal of this study group. Each week complex stories by two different master authors are vigorously dissected for their ideas. During a lively exchange of interpretations, participants learn from one another and refine their own positions. At discussion’s end all have a clearer sense of the author’s words and, week by week, all become more adept at literary interpretation. No prerequisites or specialized knowledge is required. The coordinators will provide any necessary definitions of literary terms as well as guidance on how to lead a discussion. We will use as our texts To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss (Harper, 2020), Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel (Scribner, 2007), The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection by F.S. Fitzgerald (Scribner, 1989), and Tenth of December by George Saunders (Random House, 2014).