Wednesday May 17, 2017
Women in Clothes
Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and 639 Others
Margaret introduces herself with only her first name. It’s a habit. And a good one. The women, a murder of crows, gather around the snack table and nibble on marble cheese, melba toast, grapes, wedges of cantaloupe.
“So Margaret,” Daisy says, wiping her little hands on a little floral napkin, “What brings you to Gastoville?” She says the name of the town, the graveyard they all stand on, like it’s someplace on the Mayan Riviera. It most certainly is not.
“My husband got a job at the university,” Margaret says, gulping down Pinot Grigio.
“Oh?” Says Daisy. Margaret wonders what Daisy would do if she knew that she had lipstick on her teeth. “And what’s his name?”
“Brad Thatcher. He’s in the History Department,” Margaret scans the crows.