300 short stories: story 278

story: “Mr. Wu”

author: Ottessa Moshfegh

year: 2016

where: Yamanote Atelier, Dubai

note: An earlier version of this story is on The Paris Review and is called “Disgust”…I’m glad I read it with its revised title, because the original title is too leading.

a line:  “More than anything in the world, perhaps more than winning her heart, he did not want to appear awkward.”

theme(s): Attractive, middle-age, love, prostitution,

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