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Send Nudes by Saba Sams

If you’re wondering what the new generation of writers will sound like, Saba Sams’ collection of short stories is an incredibly promising offering. Each story depicts the realities of life for millennial and Gen Z women, from the adventure of music festivals and university to the trauma of sexual assault, body image issues and family issues. A young British woman writing about young British women, you may think that Sams is drawing on her own experience in these stories. While this could be true, the range of experiences she covers shows a breadth of imagination: a broken family on a luxe tropical holiday, two young daughters of trapeze artists who travel from festival to festival, a girl who cares more for her boyfriend’s dog than for him. The stories are short enough to be considered a light read but the details make them — and the women living in them — stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. MG