Title: Keep Faith
Edited by: Gabriela Martins
Authors: Adiba Jaigirdar; Bogi Takács; Claudie; Elly Ha; Julia Rios; Kate Brauning; Kess Costales; Mary Fan; May Barros; Morgan Manzano; Shenwei; Sofia Soter; Vanshika; Cit Callahan
Number of Pages: 338 pages
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.
I already knew Keep Faith was gonna be epic, AND I’m glad it didn’t disappoint!
Keep Faith is an anthology that puts together fourteen short novels, and all have one thing in common: queerness. The authors are all queer, and this book was meant to explore how they each view faith in a broad sense. I was, admitelly, a bit hesitant at first. I’m not big on reading anthologies, but I was suprised at how easy it was to swift from one story to another. The novels have different sizes and each focus on character development differently, and because they’re overall short, it wasn’t difficult to jump from story to story. It makes the reading experience easier and lighter!
Also, I’m not exactly a religious person. Growing up, faith was always about religion and my mother would make me attend Church and I had go through some formalities, but I didn’t have any pleasure in them, and eventually got old enough to quit. While my mother and grandmother believe deeply in God – but don’t attend Church as much anymore-, my dad’s side of the family doesn’t, and they don’t really care. So it doesn’t play a big part in my life anymore. I was hesitant because this book seemed to be just the opposite of “not a big part”. However, these are the authors’ views and experiences and definitely weren’t massive to read. Besides, not every short novel focus as greatly on faith (as they were put on the synopsis, it isn’t always about religion, unless you want it to be).
While the rest of the book contains works of fiction, the editor’s note tells a very real story, one that happens all the time and everywhere, and how this book came to be. Keep Faith exists to help a friend that got kicked out of her home and church, and that itself is very inspiring.
The short novels all vary from size and genre (there are some contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi…). Obviously, I didn’t enjoy every one of them equally, as I’m not a big fan of some genres.
Some of my favourite short novels were Droplets of Starlight by Vanshika Prusty (definitely my absolute favourite, I fell in love with Vanshika’s writing, her story, her MC and the parents), How Not To Die (Again) by Gabriela Martins (that was absolutely hilarious), Ten Steps to Becoming a Succesful Vlogger by Julia Rios (that was hilarious AND helpful ?? 😂) and Whatever She Wants by Kess Costales (I really got connected with the characters and cared for them and also, faked dating, count me in!!).
Overall, I think this collection was highly enjoyable and great to find new authors!
Make sure you don’t miss out on this one! Already on everyone’s wishlist? 😀