The failure of the American Dream reverberates throughout Escoffery's debut collection of linked stories. In electric prose and a deft weave of heartbreak and humor, the author tracks a family’s experience fleeing the violence of Jamaica—only to be met by the harsh landscape of the US, a place notably inhospitable to anyone deemed other. As they struggle to make a home for themselves despite seemingly insurmountable odds, including hardships that threaten them as both individuals and a family, these characters nonetheless remain driven to survive and to escape their marginal condition and truly belong.
Hewitt's poignant memoir narrates his fraught relationship with Elias, which began as a fleeting romance before morphing into a long-term partnership when Hewitt moved from the United Kingdom to join Elas in Sweden.Their story is both a meditation on queerness and its joys, and a heartbreaking account of loving someone suffering a severe mental illness, and Hewitt interweaves his own experiences with parallel histories of grief, shame, and becoming from the lives of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Swedish poet Karin Boye. But while the events recounted are harrowing, the story is not one of despair, but of liberation, as Hewitt moves toward self-acceptance and liberation from his ghosts.
Though the iconic screaming fangirl is often dismissed as frivolous, where would the Beatles have been without her? In this rich exploration of the fan culture that has grown around One Direction, Tiffany--an avid fan herself--details how the band owes its popularity to both the fans who have found in it a muse for subversive memes and elaborate fanfiction scenarios, and the hyperfixations of the digital world that have created communities of likeminded superfans. Framed within both her own experiences and her keen observations about fandom in general, Tiffany charts the rise of fandoms, their shaping influence on digital culture, and the likely lasting influence of their loving creative energy.