The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 7, No. 2

The Only Meaning of the Oil-Wet Water

by Dave Eggers

The Only Meaning

Costa Rica is a place of Best Westerns, tanned Canadians, beaches the color of bleached cement, and waves that peel toward those beaches slowly. Pilar takes two planes from Champaign, Illinois to San José, rents a car, and meets her friend Hand in Playa Alta on the Pacific coast because she wants to sleep with Hand and Hand wants to surf. Planes and American imperialism make the world smaller; everyone is just a flight, or two, away.

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