story: “It’s Bad Luck to Die”
author: Elizabeth McCracken
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