300 short stories: story 279

story: “An Honest Woman”

author: Ottessa Moshfegh

year: 2016

where: Parker’s, post-Flywheel

note: I love how Moshfegh always uses cats as a way for her characters to describe people. Her different characters in different stories all have their own connotations with cats and humans and gender roles.

a line:  “’Are you southern?’ the girl asked, ignoring his invitation. She looked snooty. She looked distrustful.”

theme(s): Skin condition, romance, men and women, deception

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