300 short stories: story 280

story: “The Locker Room”

author: Ottessa Moshfegh

year: 2016

where: Somewhere in Dubai

note: The ending is a stunner.

a line:  “But I never did try very hard to please my mother. In fact, I never tried hard to please anybody at all after that day in the locked room. Now I only try hard to please myself. That is all that matters here. That is the secret thing I found.”

theme(s): Young love, individuality, angst, mothers and daughters

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