As Valerie approaches adulthood, she must grapple with a mysteriously ill mother, the discovery of a clandestine relationship between her teenage step-sister and an older man, a Christian roommate obsessed with home-makeover TV, and the looming memory of an ex-girlfriend. From a stint selling ice cream on a bicycle in Toronto to a visit to Dolly Parton’s theme park, Valerie must figure out how to reconcile her reality with the childlike hope that someone else will save her.
Hero Worship explores the many facets of relationships between women—sexual, romantic, platonic, maternal, and some of the things in-between.
Rebekah Matthews is originally from Indiana and lives in Boston, where she posts many Instagram pictures of her cats and watches a lot of TV. Her first collection, Hymnal for Dirty Girls, was published in 2012, and her work appears in magazines such as decomP, Necessary Fiction, Wigleaf, and Storyglossia. She is currently writing a novel.