ARC Available – Friends We Haven’t Met – Kaitlyn Hatch
Following a successful crowd-funding campaign through Publishizer.com, Friends We Haven’t Met is due for publication on November 9. We have advance reader copies available for those interested in reading and reviewing Kaitlyn’s gripping book.
This is a tale of six strangers living in a London apartment building, their lives & struggles unnoticed between them until they begin to intertwine.
A young man grieves, a new mother finds herself abandoned by her husband, a middle-aged menman lives in fear, an elderly woman longs to tell her son the truth, a student from Canada carries around guilt that she tried to run from by moving to London and an aging Italian immigrant feels abandoned after the death of his wife. Depression, fear, anxiety, loneliness, guilt and grief – all human experiences that can either divide or unite us.
Each chapter is broken into six narratives of the occupants of a single floor of an apartment building in London. In the first chapter we don’t know the names of any of the characters, just as they don’t know the names of one another, we are only introduced to their personal worlds.
As each narrative continues, the details of the personal trials of each character come to light and the characters begin to reach out to each other in various ways. Ultimately, even the most cold and distant character is met with compassion.
This book explores how we are interconnected through the characterization of six strangers who, on the surface, think they have an apartment block in common and nothing else.
Through her writing (fiction) she aims to explore the untold stories of often marginalized groups, pulling on her experience as a queer woman who likes to do drag and from the stories of the many interesting and wonderful people she has met.
She’s a contributing writer to Medium.com and the Huffpost.uk blog, as well as having kept her own blog since 2008.
Along with all this writing she’s a Buddhist, exploring the teachings through her art and through ‘Everything is Workable’, a podcast she produces herself.
She has one published book: Wise at Any Age – a handbook for cultivating wisdom. This was her first foray into self publishing and she loved it.