300 short stories:: story 210

story: “An Exotic Marriage”

author: Yukiko Motoya

year: 2018 (English translation)

where: Train in Japan, Kyoto to Hiroshima

note: This story was actually a novella, not much shorter than The Great Gatsby 

a line: “The wife explained that it had all started with the stones in the flower dish she’d put by their bedside. ‘They’d get to look so much like him, and I had to keep swapping them out.’”

theme(s): transformations, marriage, partner knowledge