story: “The Weeping Child”
author: Jane Gardam
where: Burj al Salam, Dubai
note: I just ordered her collection. I love the ending of this story, because it doesn’t follow the conventional rules of short stories. “A ghost of somebody who is still alive”–amazing!
a line: “I saw only the housekeeper who was a slut and kept a television set going–with the sound turned down–the whole time I was with her. All the time she looked at it.”
theme(s): Mother daughter, ghost story, colonialism