What can readers expect from the anthology?A diverse and eclectic set of stories, each of which reflects upon both the specific and the universal. While I like to think the book has a great flow to it, it is certainly not homogeneous in either form or content. This is a modern, contemporary book reflective of a non-monochromatic world, and as such there is a lot of variety both among the contributors – as just a few examples, there are younger and older storytellers, racialized and non-racialized authors, and writers varied in sexual and gender identities – and across the subjects and themes that they contemplate.
And while the contributors to Friend. Follow. Text. deal with serious and occasionally intense topics – fertility, sexuality, death, relationship collapse and renewal – their work is leavened with humour as well. In fact, my publisher told me the pieces that made him laugh out loud are the ones that sealed the deal. I hope that readers will be intrigued and moved, and that they may see a bit of themselves in many of the characters in these pages.