I used to be happy, mature, calm and nice when there were fun things.
But when I hear that there was a corona virus,
I feel numb. I feel immature. I feel snotty and different.
And I was scared.
– Mary Ayetey
Not Really a Party Girl
From the precise details of an overflowing closet to the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon, Not Really a Party Girl transcends a single story and even a single world. During lockdown, these writers craft vibrant realities, offering a lively approach to beauty while also tackling fear and uncertainty. From Jamaica, where “There are sharks. Maybe dancing” (“Jamaica in the Moonlight”) to the realm of dreams—“I lose my dreams and loose my self of contents” (“My Lost Dreams”)—these writers ultimately guide us inward to an exploration of the self, digging into who we are by “looking through the shadows and the layers of who we became” (“Who”).