400 short stories: story 329

story: “Inventory”

author: Carmen Maria Machado

year: 2017

where: taxi to work

note: There are elements of Find Me by Laura van den Berg in this short story. I can’t say this is my favorite work by Machado, but I am intriguing with the idea of playing with background and foreground in fiction.

a line: “One man. Gray eyes again. I hadn’t seen him in so many years.”

theme(s): Virus outbreak, human contact, survival, globalization

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