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Legacy: An Anthology Paperback – April 1, 2015
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About the Author
Legacy is a collection of fiction and non-fiction stories written by a diverse group of award-winning and best-selling authors. Among our contributors are: the winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, a New York Times best-selling author, a Canadian best-selling author and the winner of the 2014 Lowell Thomas Award of the Society of American Travel Writers. The stories, through each writer’s unique lens, remind us of the permanence of our actions, our words…
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Preface by: Allison Hiltz, founder of The Book Wheel website
Authors: Regina Calcaterra, Stephanie Carroll, Adria J. Cimino, Maureen Foley, Lizzie Harwood, J.J. Hensley, Kristopher Jansma, Vicki Lesage, Jenny Milchman, Piper Punches, Didier Quémener, Marissa Stapley, David Whitehouse, Paula Young Lee
Author proceeds from anthology sales will be donated to PAWS for Reading, a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) in order to improve reading and communication skills.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I received Legacy to review I really had no idea what to expect, now that I have read it, I am glad I didn't! Legacy is now a new favorite of mine for so many different reasons. I love that it has different stories from different authors,I love reading books from one author, but seeing each authors different take on "Legacy" was amazing.
Legacy had everything a great book needs in order to keep us readers involved. There was joy,sorrow,suspense,excitement,tears, and laughter. Each story is its own story and no two stories are even close to any of the others. I personally liked every single story so much that I wanted to only read one story at a time so that I could give it time to sit with me before I ventured off to the next story.
Legacy pulled me in,kept me in,and had me not wanting the book to end. I received the ebook version and will definitely be getting the physical copy to add to my collection of great books! So what it comes down to is if you are like me and have no idea what to expect, give it a chance, and let your mind follow each one of these great authors stories and see what "Legacy" means to them.
I'm not used to reading short stories, so it took me a while (a short while) to stop seeing it as a novel and more as a collection of shorts. I did enjoy a good few of these stories. One or two I could not see the point of (even though I'm sure there is a point (legacy) of course). Although they were still a good read and I didn't even hate one of them!
I actually liked a lot of the characters, well what I saw of them anyway. A few of them I really want to read more about. Some I was left thinking OMG you can not leave it like that. Some I was glad to see the end of.
Here are a few of my favourite....
The Uraniums - Kristopher Jansma
About a band that played only one night and left 238 people amazed.
The Monument - Marissa Stapley
About a old lady who was mean her whole life, then suffered grief and needed something more.
Letters of Night - Didier Quémener
Love letters between two childhood sweet hearts who hadn't seen each other in years.
Four Days Forever - J.J. Hensley
About a lad trying to protect his younger brother from a life of crime, introduced to it by their father.
Stephenie Carroll - Forget Me Not
About a women who's grandma told her and her siblings the third girl born would die at the age of 30.
Adria J. Cimino - Hope
About cassandra who's mother died when she was 6. Her father married again and she ended up alone, feeling her colour didn't match the family she was stuck with.
Although these are my favourites. There are 15 totally different stories, each and everyone is interesting. All of them give you a good reason to think. Which in it's self is a good reason to read this collection of short stories!
I will definitely be reading more books like this in the near future.... Although I received a copy free I would definitely go out and buy this.
Go on now, give it a chance.....
The theme of this anthology - Legacy - is excellent. Who doesn't think about what will be left after we're gone? But how we each think of it is entirely different, depending on who we are. Difference makes the book intriguing. David Whitehouse dwells on elusive nature of history that cannot be erased, dark and askew in its connections, in a "Nagasaki" of contrasting eras. Paula Young Lee goes for the eternal symbol of the grave stone layer, weaving a well-observed staff of comic players around this enduring figure. On the other end, Lizzie Harwood creates a slapstick hoot, deftly sustained semi-black humor in "How to Raise Cats in a Paris Apartment." Adria Cimino dwells on the scars created by loss of a mother in a landscape of heat, sun and racial tension. Family relationships is a common theme. Across the board, absence is what nags; anxiety about what did or did not happen (appearance of a cult band?), what might or will or didn't, from those poised to reflect. In this mix of styles, of fiction and nonfiction, of fantastic, crime, personal and historical, there are some weak spots, many bright lights shining into our own dark corners.
What I found so interesting about this anthology is how each author interpreted the concept of Legacy so differently. Each author spun their creative web into each story, reminding me how the seemingly small moments in our lives is what adds up to the legacy we leave behind. I particularly loved the nonfiction stories, 2 Sides of Legacy and Forever Home which were so powerful in such a short space.
Two Sides of Legacy by Jenny Milchman dealing with mean girls and how their actions impact legacy for themselves and those around them. Regina Calcaterra brings us the harsh reality of older kids in the foster care system with her nonfiction story Forever Home. These kids are transitioning into adulthood and living on their own without a loving parent to turn to for support, love and guidance.
Stories by 14 different authors, I also enjoyed fictional stories about Legacy and discovered new-to-me authors Paula Young Lee, Vicki Lesage, J.J. Hensley, and Stephanie Carroll. Eccentric characters, stories about rediscovering the truth, forgiveness, soul-searching and the meaning of one's life, each story is unique and compelling.
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A nice collection of short stories. My personal favourites are "Nagasaki" and "The Uraniums".Read more