300 short stories: story 243

story: “It’s Bad Luck to Die”

author: Elizabeth McCracken

year: 1993

where: Saadiyat Beach Club poolside with Big Gate

note: I really liked the complexity of the mother character in this story.

a line: “My life drove my mother crazy. All she wanted was for me to become mirculously blank. I broke her heart–that was my job. She let me know her heart was broken–that was hers.”

theme(s): Mothers and daughters, love, acceptance

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