"The Best Girlfriend You Never Had" by Pam Houston

Reading a few more short stories today (from The Best American Short Stories of the Century edited by John Updike) to make changes to a syllabus, and I came across this quote from the story in this entry's title:

You might forget, for example, that you live in a city where people have so many choices they throw words away, or so few they will bleed in your car for a hundred dollars.

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