“I Will Follow You” - A Short Story by Roxane Gay - The lead story in her 2017 Collection Difficult Women
Roxane Gay is one of the most celebrated of contemporary writers, for her essays as well as her fiction. This is my first venture into her work. I hope to read all of her work, Essays, Novels, Short Stories and next her memoir Hunger.
“I Will Follow You” is about two sisters and their very close relationship. The story begins with a scene with the older sister, her boyfriend and the younger of the two sisters. We learn a bit about the men currently in their lives. About twenty five percent into the story we learn about something horrible that was done to them as pre-adolescents that shapes their remaining days.
This is just such a powerful story I don’t want to say more.
This story can be read in the Kindle sample of Difficult Women
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. From Roxanegay.com