300 short stories: story 281

story: “No Place for Good People”

author: Ottessa Moshfegh

year: 2016

where: Dubai Metro

note: I love the juxtaposition posed between the restaurant Friendly’s and Hooter’s. I do think the entire last paragraph of the story should have been cut.

a line:  “Paul pushed himself up and scooted out from the booth and stood next to her, staring down at the flame, and she sang to him in Spanish, softly, beautifully, glancing bashfully up into his small, swollen eyes.”

theme(s): Disability, spousal death, love, sex

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