300 short stories: story 270

story: “Light as a Feather”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Abu Dhabi

note: First weekend back from the USA

a line:  “Their story bored her. Their infertility bored her. It was the same as a million other people’s, some of whom she’d met in waiting rooms, all eying each other, as if there were only so many babies and the criteria for getting one hadn’t been made clear.”

theme(s): Miscarriage, dementia, mothers and daughters, marriage

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300 short stories: story 269

story: “Jerks”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Abu Dhabi

note: First weekend back from the USA

a line:  “The man I love now wants to know if I’ve ever gone out with someone as smart as I am.”

theme(s): Relationships, men and women, love, sex

300 short stories: story 250

story: “Kiss Me Someone”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Dubai

note: The title story.

a line: “Of all her exes, and the number is legion, this one was the most extreme in all regards.”

theme(s): Fidelity, compassion, aimlessness, marriage

300 short stories: story 249

story: “Girls Only”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Dubai

note: I’m usually not into bridal stories, but this is the non-bridal bridal story.

a line: “And Cleo, surprising herself, said because that’s what girls do. They do stupid and hurtful things until they figure out not to. And his expression was filled with the kindness of a parent. It was the closest thing to forgiveness any of them would receive.”

theme(s): Friendship, girlhood, womanhood, assault, rape, wedding day

300 short stories: story 248

story: “Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Car from Dubai

note: 9/11 story

a line: “She simultaneously believes herself to be in no way enviable and the most interesting person in the room.”

theme(s): Adultery, grief, tragedy