SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories celebrates the millennial through the works of up-and-coming fiction writers, all under the age of twenty-six. This collection features seventeen short stories by millennial writers about actual millennial issues, exposing this generation’s true ambitions and frustrations, humor and heartbreak, despair and joie de vivre.
With fresh new voices and edgy prose, these compelling stories offer a cross-section of vibrant millennial characters: unemployed grads deep in debt, expectant mothers on the cusp of adulthood, online relationship addicts, and millennials at war with their families’ expectations—even while stuck living at home. Here are the strong and the weak, the self-aware and those who reject reality—all carefully crafted to buck the common perception of the millennial. And yet, with a knowing wink, each story is accompanied by a selfie of its author.
Forget what the media says—SONGS OF MY SELFIE reveals what it really means to be twenty-something today.
Praise for SONGS OF MY SELFIE
“An enchanting, heartrending, and utterly relatable read for any and all millennials. This is a wonderful collection of stories from some of the brightest young writers today.” —Portland Book Review
“This collection is a testament to the life of the Millennial and the very real quarter-life crisis. The intent of this book is to rebuke the very image elicited from reading the title: Millennials are more than gloomy young men who sing depressing songs into their iPhones or vain young women who purse their lips to take the perfect Instagram photo. Though—and maybe we don’t all want to admit it—we Millennials do those things, too.” —BookPage
“Rather than trying to shake off the stereotypes thrust upon them by a dying generation, the authors of Song of My Selfie wear their flaws on their shoulders and dare you to mention them. . . . If you want a preview of some writers with brighter futures than the newspapers anticipate, well, here you go.” —JF Sargent, Editor, Cracked.com
“Well, this book is like a kick in the nuts. Bad news first: nothing makes you feel older than reading very good stories written by very young writers. At the same time, nothing is more exhilarating. The stories collected here are sharp, funny, and, dare I say it, wise. This is the book you want to read if you are curious about who’ll be driving the truck in a few years.” —Ethan Rutherford, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
“For a generation of screen addicts, these millennials sure can write. Constance Renfrow and crew give me faith in the future.” —Mickey Hess, The Nostalgia Echo
“Amidst potato guns, abortions, and multiple references to popcorn-buttered lip-licking, Songs of My Selfie alternates between snapshots of self-doubt, self-discovery, and self-determination. It’s sweet and confident and deft and challenging.” —Zac Hill, Chief Innovation Officer of The Future Project; former lead game designer, Magic: The Gathering