400 short stories: story 327

story: “The Husband Stitch”

author: Carmen Maria Machado

year: 2017

where: gold sofa

note: Feelings on Occam’s razor?

craft note: There are stage directions throughout the story.

a line: “Afterward, everyone believed that she had wanted to die, even though she had died proving she wanted to live.”

extra line: “As a grown woman, I would have said to my father that there are true things in this world observed only by a single set of eyes.”

theme(s): Truth, Being believed, Women and Men


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