Just over a year ago, I was planning out a series of stories set in Green Valley, a stereotypical suburban area straight out of “The Virgin Suicides”. The stories I had in mind formed a series called “In Suburbia”, contrasting the clean-cut society image with the darker sexuality behind the scenes.
“In Suburbia” never panned out, but “I Wish I’d Never Met You” is part of that universe – set in Green Valley, it stars my heroines Flick Lindenwood and Elodie Hamilton, moving in a world of garden parties and debutantes, but with a twist. As Flick discovers when she comes out to her parents from the safety of college, Mrs Lindenwood’s response is to lament that she’s not there to throw a coming-out party. While possibly a little over-enthusiastic in their open-mindedness, the Lindenwoods are happy to accept their daughter as she is, and are keen for her to find a nice girl to settle down with – blissfully unaware of Flick’s painful past with Elodie.