300 short stories: story 273

story: “Juliet”

author: Elizabeth McCracken

year: 2013

where: sofa, then bed; night, then morning

note: In my mind, this story took place in the Fox Chase Library in Philadelphia.

a line:  “She was a young woman, late twenties we thought, with long, loose hair. Her clothes were white, and at first we thought she was in uniform, a nurse, perhaps–she had a sort of nursey look to her, sweet and determined and recently divorced.”

theme(s): Murder, libraries, family, strangers


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