WELCOME HOME Review and Wine Pairing

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

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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.

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Wine Pairing

I paired this anthology, which is a beautiful blend of stories from all different genres with this rich and powerful Sutter Home Red Blend.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*


My Review

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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?


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31 thoughts on “WELCOME HOME Review and Wine Pairing

  1. mudandstars says:

    Wow, this is such an interesting concept for an anthology. Definitely tempted to give this a go, particularly as not all of the stories are contemporary, sounds really interesting!! 🙂

  2. The Hermit Librarian says:

    I chose to request this arc on NetGalley because my partner and his twin were adopted. I thought it would be interested to read a variety of stories about various adoptions and from what I’ve read so far, they’ve been quite good. 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, great! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far. I think it’s a great collection overall.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks so much, Meggy! You really nailed it there. All of these stories are so different and really reflect such a wide range of experiences. Thank you! <3

  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    30 stories? Whoa. I’m glad that there are so many, but that really does seem like a lot for anthology. But I love how you included the fact that there is a bunch of different genres. I had no clue there was scifi stories included. Sounds super intriguing. Wonderful review, Krysti! And I really enjoyed your new graphics. 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      There are a lot of stories! I liked the short length on most of them a lot though. It makes it a super fast read, and the writing is great. Thanks so much! I can’t decide if I like that graphic or not. I keep going back and forth. LOL.

      • bookprincessreviews says:

        Oooooh that’s great! I could imagine that it would help the read go a lot smoother and not have the 30 seem like as daunting of a number. But oh no! XD Graphics can be quite mean like that.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Seriously! They are so time consuming! I think that’s another area I just need to tone it down though. It’s just a header image. Not that big of a deal.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        There really is. I’m trying to simplify them and just use the same basic format and just switch out book covers, so it doesn’t take quite as long going forward. Now I just have to make them ones I actually like. LOL. XD

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Yes! I’ve started doing that this week, and I’m sticking with it. It saves a lot of time that, let’s be honest, we don’t have. 😅

  4. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I *adore* anthologies! This is great review, too. You’ve definitely sold me on how powerful these stories are. I love that all the authors have been affected by adoption, too. That makes all of these #OwnVoices stories!

    I recently picked up a copy of Flying Lessons and Other Stories from the library, which features a collection of diversity-focused YA short stories. I am in the middle of reading The Djinn Falls in Love which is a collection of adult short stories focusing on djinns (jinns/genies, whatever you want to call them). But my favorite anthology I’ve read this far is A Tyranny of Petticoats — historical fiction short stories featuring kick butt women. <3 <3 <3 I strongly encourage you to check it out!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I’m so glad you adore them! I do as well! I’m going to do the Bloomsbury readathon of Because You Like be to Hate Me this month, and I’m super excited.

      All the high fives for A Tyranny of Petticoats! I want to reread that one! I haven’t heard of the other two you recommended but will definitely check them out.

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