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The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

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Recommended by Publishers Weekly ("This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.")

One story selected for Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott, Newcon Press, Aug 2018)

One story selected for Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing, Nov 2018)

Explore the depth and breadth of caring and of giving and delve into the complex world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted--in twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories.

LONG DESCRIPTION:

The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . .

WHO ARE THE SUM OF US?

Children giving care. Dogs and cats giving care. Sidekicks, military, monks, ghosts, robots. Even aliens. Care given by lovers, family, professionals. Caregivers who can no longer give. Caregivers who make the decision not to give, and the costs and the consequences that follow. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own.

If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers—our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles and, when our need diminishes . . .

The caregivers fade.

These are their stories. Our lives and relationships are complex. But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.

FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES BY COLLEEN ANDERSON, CHARLOTTE ASHLEY, BRENDA COOPER, IAN CREASEY, A.M. DELLAMONICA, BEV GEDDES, CLAIRE HUMPHREY, SANDRA KASTURI, TYLER KEEVIL, JULIET MARILLIER, MATT MOORE, HEATHER OSBORNE, NISI SHAWL, ALEX SHVARTSMAN, KARINA SUMNER-SMITH, KATE STORY, AMANDA SUN, HAYDEN TRENHOLM, JAMES VAN PELT, LIZ WESTBROOK-TRENHOLM, EDWARD WILLETT, CHRISTIE YANT & CAROLINE M. YOACHIM

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DOMINIK PARISIEN

Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.

Praise for The Sum of Us

"This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading."Publishers Weekly

". . . definitely consider buying a copy, if not for yourself, then for someone who is serving as a caretaker. Hopefully the stories can serve as comfort to them. At the very least, it should make us all appreciate caretakers for all they do." Lightspeed Magazine

"This anthology was one of the better ones, with no 'howlers' and several thought provoking page-turners."Tangent

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 24, 2017 – This anthology of 23 speculative stories focuses on caregivers, whose own lives and needs often seem to fade into "the province of ghosts." In Ian Creasey's "The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains," a lowly minion cares for his aging supervillain partner. Colleen Anderson's "The Healer's Touch" follows a nanomedicine doctor who's overwhelmed by her capacity for empathy. In Tyler Keevil's "Blinders," an unusual guide dog helps a welder gone almost completely blind from years of grueling work. And in the collection's strongest story, the profoundly sad "The Oracle and the Warlord," by Karina Sumner-Smith, Andra is forced to watch her charge and would-be lover, a powerful oracle named Sayenne, surrender everything she has to the power of the dark waters from which she draws her prophecies, growing weaker with each one This is overall a strong collection, though it is weakened by a number of stories that are thematically pertinent yet lacking in one respect or another A.M. Dellamonica's "Bottleneck," for example, relies too much on worldbuilding and loses all semblance of character as a result. Fortunately, the book starts and ends on high notes that balance out the disappointing entries and make it worth reading.
The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Sep 08, 2017
  • Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 564 Pages
  • Language: English
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