story: “The Locker Room”
author: Ottessa Moshfegh
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