Signs of Life—an anthology
by Sarah Sasson
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Pub Date 30 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2023
An international and unforgettable collection of memoir and fiction that explores experiences of mental and physical illness, and of care giving.
In a Californian cafe, a music-lover develops psychosis while drinking green tea. In a Ghanaian paediatric ward, a doctor cares for a boy with kidney disease, while definitive treatments remain out of reach. In Melbourne a mother watches as her son resists being taken to respite care.
This is not a book about death and dying. This is a book about life and how we live it. These stories reveal what is truly valued in this world, and speak to the ferocity with which we love.
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Signs of Life - an anthology, edited by Sarah Sasson, is a fascinating collection of memoir and fictitious essays dealing with mental and physical health issues. Far from being a collective downer, these stories tell of hope, humanity, and the care giving that comes from a place of love. I was left to reflect on the universality of health and care giving, and I believe that there is something relatable in each of these well-written, compassionate essays.
Many thanks to NetGalley and MoshPit Publishing for an ARC.
In the description, it says "This book is not about death and dying," which is true. This book is about different experiences that different people go through. Death is just one of the experiences, that we all happen to share. The one story about Pi really touched my heart, it was so touching.
"Signs of Life: An Anthology" is a collection of stories (both fiction and memoir), each unique in tone and in the type of illness (physical, mental, emotional, etc.) covered. Some of the stories also delve into issues relating to care-giving.
I typically enjoy this type of anthology, especially since I kept a blog for several years while undergoing chemo, and am familiar with telling one's medical story to the public. I appreciate the vulnerability required to tell these stories, even when uncomfortable and perhaps embarrassing.
This was a quick read for me. As with any collection of stories by different writers, there were some that I really enjoyed and some that were just ok. But, I did find something of value in each of them.
I'd give this a rating of 3.5, and suggest it to anyone interested in the many different ways that health can affect our lives.
Thank you to Netgalley and MoshPit Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.