300 short stories: story 289

story: “Something Amazing”

author: Elizabeth McCracken

year: 2015

where: Father of the Gazelle

note: Made me think of the stories of my grandmother climbing the wooden rollercoaster at Clementon Amusement Park when she was a girl.

a line:  “The soul is liquid, and slow to evaporate. The body’s a bucket and liable to slosh. Grieving, haunted, heartbroken, obsessed: your friends will tell you to cheer up. What they really mean is dry up.”

theme(s):  Ghost, loss, childhood, siblings

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