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In her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here (Future Tense Books), Genevieve Hudson boldly 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 ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Future Tense Books
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Kevin
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's so great to work with a writer you've seen grow and grow and Genevieve has turned into a dazzler since I first met her several years ago. I love a good diverse book of stories--meaning non-connected; meaning not the "we have to market this to people who read NOVELS" frame of marketing mind. These stories have range and surprises and juice and THE FEELS! From the Northwest to Alabama and even Amsterdam (where Genevieve lives most of the time), these often cinematic tales take you into punk c ...more
Chelsea Bieker
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this collection. Hudson has her finger on a pulse all her own here—evoking dreamscapes and magic while still firmly grounded in a wiry and angst ridden realism that feels wholly satisfying. She somehow writes about love with the same fervent beat she writes about southern God hospitals. I kept wanting to draw some comparison to another beloved collection—but finally came to the conclusion that perhaps Hudson has carved out her own space here—and it’s exhilarating! Read r ...more
Katherine D. Morgan
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would just like to start this off with two things: 1. The only reason why it took me so long to finish this book is because I forgot to bring it on my vacation. 2. I normally don’t read fiction but my coworker, Kevin Sampsell, published this book and the premise sounded interesting.

Wow. Let me just say: WOW. Pretend We Live Here may be one of the best collection of stories that I’ve read in a very long time. I haven’t read too many books about queer lives, which is unfortunate. The universal
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Valarie Smith
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hudson's protagonists stand on the verge of bad decisions, new beginnings and profound reckonings with the world as they struggle to discover who they are against the labels the world would apply to them. The stories Cultural Relativism and Skatepark were stand-outs for me, but I also loved Boy Box, the closing story, in which a character takes a vertiginous leap towards an exhilarating, and possibly hurtful, future. Is it weird to want a sequel to a short story collection?
Ylenia
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Favorite stories: Date Book, Adorno.
Edward Mullany
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sad, funny, complex, sexy, and surprising. The characters in these stories are moved by a desire so strong that when they arrive at a moment of reckoning, one cannot help but see them as heroic, even when the object of their desire remains lost to them, and even, as well, when that reckoning reveals the distance between desire and love.
Sophie Fields
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some stories were great (75% of them) while others bored me...this felt like an attempt at queering Lydia Davis or something? In a good way. Wish it was more subtle about trying to be contemporary (mentioning DMing and Tinder I guess?? Lol) overall enjoyed. A lot about sex, nuanced stories on gender....rural themes. Anyways. Any reviews are sounding worse and worse.... Damn
Alissa Hattman
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretend We Live Here is a beautifully written collection. The characters that inhabit these stories are curious and quirky and sweet and strong with a level of complexity that lives off the page. Each story moved and surprised me. I was rapt.
Kim
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
Probably 3.5 stars. It was all very interesting and Hudson is definitely talented. Weeeeird.
Sarah
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked up this collection on a whim while browsing my local bookstore. I'd seen the cover on Melissa Febos' instagram and since she is my literary north star I reached for this slim volume and turned to a random page. That page told of a van full of vegan activists carting jars of menstrual blood to a protest, and it made me laugh so hard that I bought this book right away. And y'all, it only got better the more I read. Genevieve Hudson's writing is crystal clear but packs an imagery punch. He ...more
Emily
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
3.5 stars with the caveat that reviewing a short story collection is not simple or straightforward. Not every story will be amazing (though if you're reading this and you know of a short story collection that contains only 5 star stories, please let me know!) and it would be boring to read a collection of stories similar to each other.

That being said, there is a lot that Hudson offers in this collection. What works is the way desire is described: something like a sharp pain in the ch
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Kevin Sterne
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Starts out really strong and then sort of fizzles out all together. Stories in the back half really lose their momentum and a lot of them near the end start to read the same. I think I’ve read enough stories about menstrual blood for at least a year. But damn, those first several pieces, they crackle and shimmer like golden.
Lisa
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
A wonderful debut collection of short stories that captures the contemporary culture and confusions of lesbian identity. Hudson's voice is powerful and searching - she is an author to watch as she continues to develop and publish.
Shelby Lynne
Deliciously queer. 3.5 stars
Laura
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: everything-else
Check out my review on Glassworks: http://www.rowanglassworks.org/book-r...
Eileen
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
"Transplant" stands out: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pleun Schavemaker
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
I bought this book because of the title and it was more then I could hope for. Extreemly funny but also deeply touching.
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