Publisher: Flux Books
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Received From: NetGalley
Out with Flux Books in the Fall of 2017, Eric Smith’s anthology WELCOME HOME, is a collection that explores the emotional complexities of adoption, featuring new, multi-genre short stories from an array of authors.
Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times bestselling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres, like Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.
GENDER: transgender, cisgender
SEXUALITY: presumed heterosexual, presumed homosexual
PAIRING: M/F, M/M, F/F
TAGS: contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, historical, anthology, young adult, adoption
WARNINGS: arophobia/aphobia, slurs, gendered slurs, child abuse, child abandonment, stalking, transphobia, pedophilia, racism, ableism, self-harm, classism, antisemitism, Islamphobia, mental illness/health, murder, violence, drugs
Daisy watched the light escape. “I didn’t wish for you.”
Farah squeezed her hand tighter. “I didn’t wish for you either, but it’s not all bad, yeah?”
With nearly thirty short stories to be found within this novel, there is an assortment of different settings and storytelling techniques for a reader to choose from and enjoy. This collection of stories is at times heartbreaking while, at others, it’s like a balm to soothe your wounded heart.
The racial diversity to be found in these stories is wide and varied, with multiple different ethnicities represented here. The gender representation was rather binary, and I wish there had been more than one story with a trans character, but I appreciated that not all of them were about cisgender people. The sexuality rep could have been more varied as well, but there were a few different stories with queer characters, so the book isn’t completely full of allo cishet stories.
My favorite stories in this collection were: “Strong Enough by Karen Atkins, “The Sign” by Erica M. Chapman, “Up by A Million” by Caela Carter, “Ink Drips Black” by Julie Leung, “Upon the Horizon’s Verge” by Sangu Mandanna, “Census Man” by Mindy McGinnis, “Invited” by Lauren Morrill, “Tunneling Through” by Shannon Parker, and “Jar of Broken Wishes” by Tristina Wright.