400 short stories: story 330

story: “Wrong Object”

author: Mona Simpson

year: 2018

where: kitchen at the cottage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England

note: Read this story in response to an end-of-year post from A Just Recompense; I love this site’s reading and short story analysis. I did not enjoy BASS 2018, so I never got around to BASS 2019 this year, but I love this Mona Simpson story. With that said, I think most of her stories stick with a reader for years and years.

a line: “I’d said that everyone needs to learn how to do laundry. K had shrugged with a look of almost pleasurable guilt. I never did, he said.”

theme(s): Desire, therapy, pedophilia, class


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