What will you leave behind?
Long after we've left this world, our legacy remains. Or doesn't. Or remains only in the minds of those who knew us, those whose lives we've touched. Those we've written to, or about.
If you had a choice, what mark would you leave? How should people remember you? Should they remember you?
Fourteen authors sat down during the month of January 2015, shut out distractions of the outside world and wrote about the subject. The resulting fiction and nonfiction stories fill the pages of Legacy: An Anthology. The book includes stories from Kristopher Jansma, winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra and Canadian best-selling author Marissa Stapley among others.
Within these pages, there is laughter, pride and hope. There is romance and rock and roll. Certain messages are eerie, while others bestow a sense of peace. The collection, through the discerning lens of each writer, runs the gamut of the human experience.
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How do you want to be remembered?
What do you want to leave behind when you die?
What will be your legacy?
Legacy: An Anthology is filled with several stories, each interpreting legacy in their own way. It was fascinating to read each story and see how each individual author set their own story apart from the other and creatively leaving their mark in the words written on the page. The idea of creating an anthology focusing on the legacies we leave behind captured my attention and left me wondering what my legacy would be. Would only those closest to me remember me after I’ve passed? Or would I leave a bigger mark? These stories reminded me that I don’t have to move mountains or change the world in order to be remembered, but that the small moments, the little things I do, will be my legacy.
What an amazing lineup of authors that contributed to this anthology! Most of which I had never read, but I love discovering new writing styles & talent. Each author had a fascinating take on legacy and what it means. Each story stood out to me for different reasons, however, a few that come to mind are, Forget Me Not by Stephanie Carroll and Forever Home by Regina Calcaterra. Both of these short stories were powerful in their own way & had an interesting take on legacy.
I haven’t read very many anthologies, but the ones I have read, have really sparked my interest and left me interested in seeking out more to check out.
Legacy: An Anthology is one I enjoyed and others will too.
four out of five stars