300 short stories:: story 234

story: “Aquacero”

author: Patricia Engel

year: 2019

where: Dubai at Big Gate’s, then at home

note: This story was selected for the 2019 O. Henry Prize collection (first appeared in the Kenyon Review).

a line: “’Survival requires different things of different people.’ I don’t know where in me this came from. It was something I hadn’t even begun to understand for myself.”

theme(s): survival; abduction; abuse; disappearing

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