I am a huge fan of YA anthologies, and this one is unlike any that I’ve read before. The theme of this book is adoption, and all of the contributor’s lives have been touched by adoption in some way, which made this such a special collection of stories.
About the Book
Title: Welcome Home
Author: Eric Smith
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Flux Books
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.
I paired this anthology, which is a beautiful blend of stories from all different genres with this rich and powerful Sutter Home Red Blend.
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This is a 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. 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 truly incredible stories with some really strong writing included. 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.
Will you be reading Welcome Home when it hits bookshelves next months? What are some of your favorite YA anthologies?