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Book Review: Real Sugar is Hard to Find

Real Sugar is Hard to FindReal Sugar is Hard to Find by Sim Kern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s always a good day when I add a new author to my ‘favorite writer’s’ list. Sim Kern’s made this a good day indeed. Their collection of short stories speaks of who we are as humans, how we reproduce, our identities, our family dynamics—set against the overwhelming backdrop of climate change in a transformed world.

Some stories are difficult to read. Others are a delight. All of them are compelling and I did not skip a one. My favorites are the dreadfully escalating situation in “Unwhole”, and the oddly sweet and nostalgic “The Lost Roads” which I’d like to place in the hands of every Baby Boomer on Earth.

I notice they have a YA Sci-Fi trilogy coming out in November—I’ll be eager to read it. I’m very happy I picked up this book as an Advance Reader Copy and made the literary acquaintance of Sim Kern.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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