Literary Fiction

An exclusive note from Rene Steinke on Friendswood


Friendswood takes place in a close-knit small Texas town. Steinke explores the families, tragedies and beliefs of the citizens. Based on her own home growing up, Steinke's Friendswood is evocative and familiar.

Dear Reader,

I grew up in Friendswood, Texas, and in many ways, that place formed me— the shell roads, the backyard bonfire parties, Friday night football, country music radio, and the rough poetry scattered in my friends’ talk. Friendswood is more suburban now than it used to be, but it still feels like a small town to me. Although I left when I was seventeen, I know many of the teachers in the schools, either because they once were my classmates, or because they once were my own teachers, and some of my friends never left town.

For most of my adult life, I’ve lived in New York City, but I still consider Texas my home, and, partly as a tribute to the people I knew there, I started writing Friendswood.

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