Keep faith, in the broad sense of the word. It doesn’t have to be a religion, unless you want it to be. It doesn’t have to speak about the universe, unless you want it to. It doesn’t have to be about anyone but yourself. Keep faith, in other planets and other houses; be it in the face of danger, grief, or while you spread your arms and laugh. Keep faith the same way you keep hope, bright and shiny, ever present. Keep faith in all your queer, beautiful self. Because you deserve it. This is an anthology of 14 short stories, by 14 queer authors, where faith and queerness intersect. Incidental, purposeful, we-exist-and-that’s-why queerness. And faith meaning whatever you want it to mean.
Why You Should Read This Book
For some reason, I’m really bad at writing positive reviews. When it’s a bad review, I can write pages and pages, but when it’s good I just want to say “Yeah, you should read it, it was bangin'”. So…I guess I’ll bullet point it. Usually, I’d include things I disliked about the book as well, but I didn’t really dislike anything? Except the short stories could easily make their own book by themselves, and I would read the shit out of all of them. So, on we go!
- There was content warnings included at the start of the book, including specifics so you knew exactly what you’d be getting in for and I really liked that
- Super intersectional and included people from all kinds of backgrounds
- Spoke about the connection between queerness and faith, and I found the connection between queerness and religion the most fascinating personally (which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the others, but I did specifically enjoy that as it’s not a perspective I’ve read much on) – it also included faith in yourself and the universe which sounds really cheesy, but it was awesome
- The representation was this was incredible. Seriously, there was so much I don’t even think I can remember all of it to list – demisexuality, asexuality, being aromantic, lesbian, bisexual, polyamarory, transgender (both binary and non-binary), etc etc. I also really enjoyed how a majority of the relationships in this book were f/f and, if not, f/nb
- It explored all kinds of different relationships, not just romantic – and this includes the relationships they have with their religion, with themselves, with the universe, with platonic relationships, and how different relationships can work where they are dedicated to each other but it doesn’t work the same way as other “traditional relationships”
- It made me feel okay about being confused on my own sexuality, even if I know I belong in the queer community, and not being comfortable with yourself or not knowing what your sexuality is 100% doesn’t mean that you aren’t accepted
- Whatever your tastes, each short story spoke with their own voice – fantasy, non-fiction, contemporary romance, there is more than likely going to be at least one short story within this that’s your cup of tea
I’m sure I could go on and on and on but…you get the idea, right?
As a bonus addition to get you to preorder your copy of KEEP FAITH, 100% of the proceeds go to someone deeply in need of help. You are contribiting to a good cause while getting to read fourteen amazing stories in the process!!
If you want to know more information about the background of what went on, I had an interview with one of the authors here if you want to read that too!
(but seriously, it was so good)
Until next time,