300 short stories: story 275

story: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

author: Joyce Carol Oates

year: 1966

where: Casa

note: Damon and I also watched Smooth Talk, the 1985 movie based on the short story. Much debate ensued.

a line:  “But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music and the humid night air of July.”

theme(s): Dating, Mothers and daughters, Sexuality, Vanity

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