Pretend We Live Here (Future Tense Books)
Future Tense Books is thrilled to be publishing Pretend We Live Here by international writer Genevieve Hudson. In this debut collection of stories, Genevieve explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them.
In “Boy Box,” a young woman yearns to test her luck with a wild punk girl crush. In “God Hospital,” a character journeys deep into the woods of Alabama in search of an infamous religious healer, hoping he can fix her teeth. In “Adorno,” someone in need of forgiveness crosses paths with a band of radical vegan activists and gets subsumed into their world. In “Dance!,” a recluse writes a breakthrough song for her pink dolphin, but the song’s success only drives her further away from society. Set in Amsterdam, the Pacific Northwest, and the Deep South, these stories hum with sexual tension, queerness, displacement, longing, humor, and dark nostalgia.
Genevieve Hudson is the author of A Little in Love with Everyone (Fiction Advocate, 2018) a book on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.
Her writing has been published in Catapult, Hobart, Tin House online, Joyland, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Split Lip, The Collagist, No Tokens, Bitch, The Rumpus, and other places. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program and artist residencies at the Dickinson House, Caldera Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University, where she occasionally teaches Fiction Writing and Gender Studies courses. She lives in Amsterdam.
Henry Hoke is the author of The Book of Endless Sleepovers and the story collection Genevieves, which won the Subito Press book prize. His work appears in Electric Literature, Joyland, The Collagist, Carve and the Catapult anthology Tiny Crimes. He co-created and directs Enter>text: a living literary journal.
Myriam Gurba is a writer, artist, and teacher based in Long Beach, California. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and community centers. Her most recent book, a true crime and memoir hybrid Mean, was a New York Times editors' choice. She enjoys cash, wildflowers and compliments.
Genevieve Hudson photo by Yamandú Roos
Henry Hoke photo by Myles Pettengill