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This is really special anthology. All of the contributors's lives have been touched by adoption in some way, and I feel that their experiences certainly came through in the stories they've created, and Eric Smith has done a tremendous job putting them all together. I'm a huge fan of anthologies, and this is one that I have really been looking forward to for a while now.
There is just about every kind of story you could imagine about adoption in this collection from the beautiful and heartwarming to the terrifying. I was expecting a really contemporary heavy anthology but was pleasantly surprised to find so many different genres represented from speculative to scifi, fantasy to thriller. This one really does have a little bit of everything.
With 30 stories, most of them are pretty short. There were a few that I would have liked to have seen be just a bit longer, because the endings felt a little abrupt, but for the most part the story lengths did feel appropriate.
There are around 30 different stories in this collection, and while I preferred some over others, overall, there are some really incredible stories with some really strong writing. My favorite stories were probably the ones by Adi Alsaid, Julie Eshbaugh, William Ritter, Mindy McGinnis, Stephanie Scott, and Kate Watson.
This anthology is a great place to start for fans of YA fiction who are wanting to read some really well-written short stories. I truly believe that it is so important for the literary community to keep short stories alive and relevant, and I think Eric Smith is certainly doing his part with this wonderful anthology.
This beautiful anthology focuses on the overall theme of adoption and family and love, but that is the only thing tying all these stories together. These stories vary drastically (there are 29 of them!), and they cover all sorts of topics from superheroes to kidnappings, from tragedies to discoveries, from love to love to love. These are stories of love, family, and hope. Of the different shapes that families can take, and the fact that blood isn’t the only thing that binds a family. Of the resilience of families in the face of tragedy, of the choices that they make that define them. These are stories of second chances, of starting over, of new beginnings and new loves. These are stories of home.
Note: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. But thank you Flux!!! It was an absolute honor to read and review this anthology. This review has also been posted to Goodreads as well as my blog.
This book is lovely. It offers a wide variety of stories, multiple genres, from a wide variety of perspectives. At the end of each story, the author includes a note about what the story means to them, and how adoption and foster care has touched their lives. There are a LOT of stories, short but satisfying, and from an impressive list of authors (including some of my absolute favorites). I read this book over the course of several months - for when I wanted to read *something* but didn't have a lot of time. I picked up this book, read one or two stories, and had a lovely reading experience.
Last March I went to the Adolescent Literacy Summit in Bangkok. One of my main takeaways from that week was the articulated idea that reading should change you in some way. I love that concept. When reading most books that change is tiny. A small nudge, new idea,or loosening of preconceptions. But sometimes the change is dramatic and can spark life changes. I think of them as watershed books. Welcome Home was a watershed book for me.