Twenty Voices Celebrating Multicultural and Multiracial Identities
by Ismée Williams; Rebecca Balcárcel
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 13 Jun 2023
When identities cross boundaries, with love that knows no bounds.
From platonic and romantic love to grief and heartbreak, these stories explore navigating life at the intersection of identities, and what it means to grow up surrounded by a multitude of traditions, languages, cultures, and interpersonal dynamics.
Returning to a father’s homeland. Trying to fit in at chaotic weddings and lavish birthday parties where not all are welcome. Processing grief at family gatherings. Figuring out how to share the news of a new relationship with loved ones. This collection celebrates multicultural and multiracial characters at the helm of their own narratives, as they approach life with a renewed sense of hope and acceptance.
Featuring original stories from:
- Adi Alsaid
- Rebecca Balcárcel
- Akemi Dawn Bowman
- Anika Fajardo
- Shannon Gibney
- I.W. Gregorio
- Veera Hiranandani
- Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
- Emiko Jean
- Erin Entrada Kelly
- Torrey Maldonado
- Mélina Mangal
- Goldy Moldavsky
- Randy Ribay
- Loriel Ryon
- Tara Sim
- Eric Smith
- Jasmine Warga
- Ismée Williams
- Karen Yin
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In this anthology of 20 short stories the experiences of multiracial and/or multicultural characters are amplified and celebrated. In the foreword from the editors, Williams and Balcarcel write that they hope to recognize the many ways living in two or more cultures helps us to develop empathy and a broader world view and that is exactly what this collection does- it builds a bridge that connects all to multicultural experiences while humanizing the experience of those who have struggled to feel completely at home within their own communities. I am so grateful that this collection exists. Though these stories are fictional they are representative of the racial identity development and coming of age experiences many young people encounter when figuring out who they are in the world.
Thank you to the editors and the publisher for the e-arc copy!
I absolutely loved this collection of stories. Five stars! The writers did a beautiful job with telling their stories of race and culture and identity. I thought there was a good flow from one to the next. Some I found to have a hint of humor while others are quite serious. I’m hoping my teenage son will also read this.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
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