Lena Dunham is a majorly polarizing figure—the Internet either loves or hates everything she does. And since most of her work thus far, including Girls, and her last two books, Not That Kind Of Girl and and Is It Evil Not To Be Sure? have been mostly autobiographical, or at least, heavily self-referential, she’s given her critics an endless supply of fodder to run with. But now, it seems the world’s most notorious over-sharer has had her fair share of non-fiction.
Yesterday, Dunham announced on Instagram and Lenny Letter that she’ll be releasing her first piece of fiction—a collection of short stories titled, Best and Always—with Random House sometime next year: “This issue was also an exciting lil’ way to let you know that I’m at work on my first fiction collection, Best and Always, to be published next year by Random House. Thrilled to share a hint of it with you.”
This issue was also an exciting lil’ way to let you know that I’m at work on my first fiction collection, Best and Always, to be published next year by Random House. Thrilled to share a hint of it with you. #ilovewriting #womenwhowrite ? ED NOTE: to everyone asking, this drawing is not a rendering of Dale Gribble of King of the Hill and (with all respect to King of the Hill) my book is also not about King of the Hill LOL lol
Along with the announcement, the writer/actress also shared “The Mechanic,” a short story about a relationship between a 21-year-old student and a 31-year-old mechanic she swears is not Dale from King of the Hill. Although the story is fiction, if you replace a few names and some details, it could be a chapter from Not That Kind of Girl—Dunham touches on the same themes of sex, girlhood, bad relationships and daddy issues.
If “The Mechanic” is any hint at what’s to come, it seems Best and Always will be another selection of stories about Lena Dunham—this time, they’ll just be pretending not to be. Either way, at least we won’t have to read any more about her daily eating habits in one of her reprinted food journals—that is, until her next memoir or TV show.