TITLE: The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound
AUTHOR: edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law
RELEASED: September 2017; Laksa Media Groups
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
KEY INFO: disability and caregiver relationships, science fiction, diversity, anthology
REPRESENTATION: disabled, trans woman, people of colour, LGB, elderly, migrant, caregivers
CONTENT WARNINGS: grief, death, euthanasia, misgendering/misnaming of trans woman by father, chronic illness
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The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound edited by Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest starts with a fairly simple premise. We are all caregivers. Whether we’re parents, children, elderly or young, hospital staff, soldiers, siblings, personal assistants or even pets, we all care for someone in some capacity and are cared for by others.
Released on the 8th September 2017, The Sum of Us is a brilliant, dynamic and diverse speculative fiction anthology which brings caregivers to the front stage and allows us to not only experience the vast variety of voices, experiences and stories of carers but does so in such a way which encourages us to reimagine care work and caregivers. Who are caregivers? What does it mean to care? How gendered, age and species related is caregiving? How do we define quality of life? Who can care (robots, humans, animals, aliens)? Where does the caregiver end and the non-caregiver begin?
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