Russell J.T. Dyer

Writer & Editor

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I Have No Friends

by Russell Dyer
published:  september 09, 2015;  revised:  september 10, 2017;  readers in past month:  179

Many of us have no friends—or at least that’s how it seems sometimes. Maybe we have acquaintences and even people we might call friends, but sometimes we feel like we have no true friends. It’s not necessarily because we’re shy and not because we’re not nice to others. But for whatever reason, we often feel alone. We may know many people and maybe even have friends of sorts for different aspects of our lives (e.g., friends at work), but for our inner feelings, we can feel totally alone. It’s painful and upsetting. Some of us learn to live with this feeling and, as Thoreau says, “live quiet lives of desperation”.

My new novel, called “I Have No Friends”, explores such a person. It’s about a young woman named Lena Demuir. She wakes one day to find herself alone and feeling unloved. She has no friends, and a family who unknowingly push her away from them—and she in turn pushes friends and family away.

Lena tells everyone she is fine, and herself that she prefers to be alone and without friends. But a long-term colleague, as Lena calls her, named Lexi feels differently. The two of them encounter a strange mad woman who predicts a different future for Lena.

Faced with the beating drum of her destiny, Lena tries to avoid the path before her, but life won’t let her. Mostly, she tries to avoid friendship, or false friends as she sees them with her incredulous perspective. In the end, she comes to see people differently; her understanding of friendship evolves from her experiences.

You can now purchase this novel on Amazon in print and Kindle format. If you buy the print format, you can get a copy for Kindle for only 99 cents extra. If you’d like, you can read an excerpt from the novel.