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"Adam Soto's ghost stories are mostly not literal—but they are haunting. There are so many tricks and feints here that you'll be working through Soto's cleverness days later . . . Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep is less an anthology of stories, but an impressive and thrilling accumulation of small universes."
—Kevin Nguyen, author of New Waves

A collection of short stories moving through time and place, exploring the spaces where we haunt each other and ourselves through our choices, our institutions, and our dreams.

Adam Soto, author of the debut novel This Weightless World, which Robin Sloan called “The social novel for the 21st century,” returns with Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep.
 
In the title story, a one-armed Harlem Hellfighter goes in search of his specially altered military uniform while Influenza ravages Philadelphia. In “Sleepy Things,” a man is bound to the bedside of his comatose girlfriend who haunts his mother’s dreams. In “Wren & Riley,” a couple travels to Wyoming to visit a childhood friend who killed her abusive husband. And in “The Vegetable Church,” a pair of Syrian sisters, refugees of the civil war, find themselves at a crossroads in the home of their European hosts while their dead father whispers to them words of comfort and guidance.

Sorrowful, funny, and surreal, the stories in Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep unpack and examine, in Soto’s signature style, the devices of genre fiction. The ghosts haunting these pages are sometimes literal—the kind that haunt from beyond the grave—but are just as often metaphorical—ghosts of guilt and longing, suppressed desires, and past lives.

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Format: eBook
Price: 23 CAD / 13.99 USD
Published: 2022-09-27
ISBN: 9781662601361
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Page Count: 272
Trim Size: 6 x 9

"[Soto's] well-drawn characters with their nuanced battles with grief and hope shine brighter. Haunting and complex."
Kirkus Reviews

"Adam Soto's ghost stories are mostly not literal—but they are haunting. There are so many tricks and feints here that you'll be working through Soto's cleverness days later. In this collection of tightly wound but diversely approached stories, Adam Soto unravels the sloppy, conflicted lives of his characters with precision and polish. Each work—some short, others longer—all find a way to compact the breadth of a novel within constraints of the short story. Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep is less an anthology of stories, but an impressive and thrilling accumulation of small universes."
—Kevin Nguyen, author of New Waves

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