The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound by Juliet MarillierThe Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound by Juliet Marillier

The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

byJuliet MarillierEditorSusan Forest, Lucas K. Law

Paperback | March 27, 2017

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Recommended by Publishers Weekly (“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.”)

One story selected for Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott, Newcon Press, Aug 2018)

One story selected for Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing, Nov 2018)

Explore the depth and breadth of giving and of caring and delve into the world of caregivers with twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories where they can be funny, sad, or heartwarming.

A henchman looks after an aged supervillain. A soldier in charge of the governor's children. A cat helps his patients pass on. An android tends to a terminally ill patient. A service dog looks after an ice hockey player. A young apprentice guides a blind welder in space. An old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other to survive an earthquake. An aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel. A hospice director trying to do the right thing. A pious monk makes the ultimate decision. And many more.

The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . .

Who are THE SUM OF US?

Children giving care. Dogs and cats giving care. Sidekicks, military, monks, ghosts, robots. Even aliens. Care given by lovers, family, professionals. Caregivers who can no longer give. Caregivers who make the decision not to give, and the costs and the consequences that follow. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own.

These are their stories.

If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers—our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . .

The caregivers fade.

Our lives and relationships are complex. But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.

AUTHORS: Colleen Anderson, Charlotte Ashley, Brenda Cooper, Ian Creasey, A.M. Dellamonica, Bev Geddes, Claire Humphrey, Sandra Kasturi, Tyler Keevil, Juliet Marillier, Matt Moore, Heather Osborne, Nisi Shawl, Alex Shvartsman, Kate Story, Karina Sumner-Smith, Amanda Sun, Hayden Trenholm, James Van Pelt, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett, Christie Yant, and Caroline M. Yoachim

Introduction by Dominik Parisien

Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.

PRAISE FOR THE SUM OF US

“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.”  – Publishers Weekly

“ . . . so definitely consider buying a copy, if not for yourself, then for someone who is serving as a caretaker. Hopefully the stories can serve as comfort to them. At the very least, it should make us all appreciate caretakers for all they do.”  Lightspeed Magazine

“This anthology was one of the better ones, with no ‘howlers’ and several thought provoking page-turners.”Tangent

Juliet Marillier, New Zealand born, Australian resident, writes historical fantasy novels and short stories, mostly for adult readers. Her work is published internationally and has won numerous awards. Juliet's lifelong love of folklore, fairy tales and mythology is a major influence on her writing. Among her works are the Blackthorn &...
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Title:The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and BoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:Laksa Media Groups Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0993969690

ISBN - 13:9780993969690

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Lucas K. Law; Introduction by Dominik Parisien; The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains by Ian Creasey; Bottleneck by A.M. Dellamonica; Mother Azalea's Sad Home for Forgotten Adults by James Van Pelt; Things that Creep and Bind by Christie Yant; The Gift by Bev Geddes; The Gatekeeper by Juliet Marillier; The Healer's Touch by Colleen Anderson; The Crystal Harvester by Brenda Cooper; The Burdens We Bear by Hayden Trenholm; A Mother's Milk by Heather Osborne; The Mother's Keepers by Edward Willett; The Oracle and the Warlord by Karina Sumner-Smith; The Beautiful Gears of Dying by Sandra Kasturi; The Gardener by Amanda Sun; Number One Draft Pick by Claire Humphrey; Orang Tua Adventure Home Academy by Charlotte Ashley; Sunshine of Your Love by Nisi Shawl; Good-bye is that Time between Now and Forever by Matt Moore; Ambassador to the Meek by Alex Shvartsman; Gone Flying by Liz Westbrook-Trenholm; Am I Not a Proud Outlier? by Kate Story; Blinders by Tyler Keevil; Dreams as Fragile as Glass by Caroline M. Yoachim; Afterword by Susan Forest; Acknowledgements; About the Contributors; About the Editors; Copyright Acknowledgements; Appendix: Mental Health Resources & Caregiving and Caregivers Resources

Editorial Reviews

“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.”  – Publishers Weekly“ . . . so definitely consider buying a copy, if not for yourself, then for someone who is serving as a caretaker. Hopefully the stories can serve as comfort to them. At the very least, it should make us all appreciate caretakers for all they do.”  – Lightspeed Magazine“This anthology was one of the better ones, with no ‘howlers’ and several thought provoking page-turners.” –TangentOne story selected for Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott, Newcon Press, Aug 2018)One story selected for Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing, Nov 2018)Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.