edited by Constance Renfrow
with a Foreword by Meagan Brothers
“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
“If you want a preview of some writers with brighter futures than the newspapers anticipate, well, here you go.” ——JF Sargent, Editor, Cracked.com
Being twenty-something isn’t as cut and dry as it once was. For many, the early twenties is a time of tumultuous upheaval: unpaid internships, tiny apartments filled with roommates, and worries about what the future holds. For others, this is a time of stagnancy: of waiting and hoping and hometowns, and wondering what the hell college degrees are good for anyway. Instead of first jobs, first marriages, and first homes, millennials have been faced with greater stresses and challenges than any other generation—yet, in the process of navigating a fast-changing world, they have been publicly maligned again and again.
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.
Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories
Edited by Constance Renfrow
978-1-941110-25-6 Trade Paper; 978-1-941110-41-6 ebook
177 pages; $15.95
Publication date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
To request a complementary desk copy or exam copy, please visit Perseus Academic.
High Praise for SONGS OF MY SELFIE
“Songs of My Selfie is 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.” —BookPage
“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, former lead game designer, Magic: The Gathering; Chief Innovation Officer, The Future Project
“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
“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, author, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
“Fills an important gap in literature, not just as a short story collection about millennials, but as an anthology written by them—an anthology that conveys its themes of what editor Constance Renfrow calls ‘a common experience new to our generation: the quarter-life crisis;’ with a collective, resounding millennial sigh that any reader can identify with.” —Kelly Ann Jacobson, author, Cairo in White
“For a generation of screen addicts, these millennials sure can write. Constance Renfrow and crew give me faith in the future.” —Mickey Hess, author, The Nostalgia Echo
“Prophets of the End Times, just looking for a way forward.” —Ben Loory, author, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
“Wry tales that yearn, squirm and slam.” —Ron Dakron, author, Hello Devilfish!
About Constance Renfrow, editorConstance Renfrow, editor, is an editor and writer with a passion for the English language and unbridled enthusiasm for great storytelling. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies, and her nonfiction articles have been featured in a variety of online magazines. As lead editor for Three Rooms Press, and in her previous publishing experience, she has prepared more than sixty titles for publication including literary fiction, YA, thrillers, memoirs, works in translation, and more. She lives in New York. Meagan Brothers, associate editor, is a writer, poet and musician best known for her young adult novels Weird Girl and What’s His Name, Supergirl Mixtapes, a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination, and Debbie Harry Sings in French, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, which won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She was founder and lead guitarist for the punk rock band Steel Pier Sinners. A native Carolinian, Meagan currently lives in New York City.