“The 15 masterful stories in Cade’s sophomore collection (after The Mythology of Salt) offer a hauntingly beautiful melding of hard science and raw emotion against the backdrop of the climate crisis. … Cade skillfully interweaves her characters’ existential despair in the face of a dying planet with more personal grief, all while maintaining a through line of hope and resilience. In its union of deeply human and environmental narratives, Cade’s collection will put readers in mind of Richard Powers’s The Overstory.” — Publishers Weekly starred review
“Octavia Cade’s You Are My Sunshine and Other Stories is a thought-provoking collection. There is something for everyone, from quick impactful reads to longer narrative driven stories. I highly recommend this for fans of all genres, especially those looking for unique subject matter.” — Joseph Pietris for The Horror Tree
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Sometimes change can hurt. This collection of short stories traces the growing pains of a new world, beginning with the death throes of our current way of life and ending with a world transformed by science and technology, and by grief, hope, love, and humanity’s will to transform. This is a collection that will both tear you apart and tend to your wounds. Cade’s stories are informed by science, tracing the biological and emotional threads that bind us, human and non-human alike. You Are My Sunshine and Other Stories is a promise of what worlds are possible if we allow ourselves to change.
About the Author
Octavia Cade is a New Zealand writer with a PhD in science communication. She attended Clarion West 2016, has won three Sir Julius Vogel awards for speculative fiction, including for The Impossible Resurrection of Grief from Stelliform Press. She is a Bram Stoker Award nominee and was the 2020 writer in residence at Massey University.