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"Sand" is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing from Jasmin Kirkbride. When Suzy was born, her parents filled her mouth with sand. But this is normal and natural and the way things are always done. And if she finds it uncomfortable to keep it there, to eat with it there, to talk with it there, she's just going to have to learn to live with it. At the "Sand" is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing from Jasmin Kirkbride. When Suzy was born, her parents filled her mouth with sand. But this is normal and natural and the way things are always done. And if she finds it uncomfortable to keep it there, to eat with it there, to talk with it there, she's just going to have to learn to live with it. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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"Sand" is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing from Jasmin Kirkbride. When Suzy was born, her parents filled her mouth with sand. But this is normal and natural and the way things are always done. And if she finds it uncomfortable to keep it there, to eat with it there, to talk with it there, she's just going to have to learn to live with it. At the "Sand" is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing from Jasmin Kirkbride. When Suzy was born, her parents filled her mouth with sand. But this is normal and natural and the way things are always done. And if she finds it uncomfortable to keep it there, to eat with it there, to talk with it there, she's just going to have to learn to live with it. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Sand

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    In that moment just after I was born, my parents filled my mouth with sand. They inserted a funnel between my lips and tipped it through. The sand trickled into the back of my throat, muffling my squeals, clustering over my tongue and toothless gums. “Sand” is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing. boy, is it ever. it's a clever, original conceit, and the descriptions of its insertion, and the discomfort of dealing with the ever-present sand in one's mouth—it was a very vivi In that moment just after I was born, my parents filled my mouth with sand. They inserted a funnel between my lips and tipped it through. The sand trickled into the back of my throat, muffling my squeals, clustering over my tongue and toothless gums. “Sand” is a heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing. boy, is it ever. it's a clever, original conceit, and the descriptions of its insertion, and the discomfort of dealing with the ever-present sand in one's mouth—it was a very vivid and squirmy-feeling experience for this reader. in this story, the sand/baggage is an unavoidable part and process of parenthood: There are things about parenthood you can’t really know until you’re a parent yourself – not because they put you on a higher plane of existence, just because they’re too weird or difficult to explain. The paper bag is one of them. All parents get them. One for each child. They’re white airsickness bags, with simple instructions printed on the front in navy blue and a clear, plastic funnel inside. There’s a slightly different process if you adopt – you have to send the sand to the adoption services ahead of time – but you still get sent the paper bag. It’s a whole thing. If you’re a parent too, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The instructions are pretty out there, but you follow them anyway. You spit into the bag – just you if it’s just you, but your partner too if they’re around – then you seal the bag up and leave it under your bed until it’s time for the birth. In that time, the sand grows, mixed from your collective spittle inside it and your sleeping position over it. It absorbs your conversations, the music you play, soaks in the places you go, the friends you meet. You can’t avoid it; it’s just what happens. You can’t unseal the bag. You don’t get to see the colour or weight of the sand you have to put into your child’s mouth until they’re born. It wouldn’t matter even if you could: by that point they exist, and so the sand exists. It’s inevitable. but just because it's inevitable doesn't mean that, with care and self-awareness, it can't be modified into something less destructive, and this story ends on an unexpectedly positive and hopeful note. read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2021/10/13/sand-j... come to my blog!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    When I close my eyes, I can conjure the feeling – a smooth gum, wrinkling up as grit scours it. It’s so clear I can almost convince myself it’s a real memory, that I can really recall those rough grains steadily filling my mouth. I can’t. Of course. But the edge of the memory is there, as if the tendrils of my neurons were stretching out to each other across my fresh, pink brain. As if they knew that act would become my bedrock. I went into this one a little bit skeptical - Sand didn't sound like When I close my eyes, I can conjure the feeling – a smooth gum, wrinkling up as grit scours it. It’s so clear I can almost convince myself it’s a real memory, that I can really recall those rough grains steadily filling my mouth. I can’t. Of course. But the edge of the memory is there, as if the tendrils of my neurons were stretching out to each other across my fresh, pink brain. As if they knew that act would become my bedrock. I went into this one a little bit skeptical - Sand didn't sound like a subtle metaphor - but Jasmin Kirkbride won me over completely. It was a surprisingly emotional and hopeful story, one with some lovely writing. I'm honestly still blown away by some of these Tor shorts! Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2021/10/13/sand-j...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Really good. A high 4 star read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Boadicea

    Ah, what pearls of wisdom.... A spell-binding short story of intergenerational trauma and healing, beautifully imagined and delivered. Read for free @ tor.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A very thought-provoking and emotionally-rich story about generational trauma and healing. Much like the titular sand, this story, I anticipate, will be sticking with me for some time. Highly recommend giving it a read. It can be found and read for free on Tor.com! A very thought-provoking and emotionally-rich story about generational trauma and healing. Much like the titular sand, this story, I anticipate, will be sticking with me for some time. Highly recommend giving it a read. It can be found and read for free on Tor.com!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marty Kay

    Beautifully written, insightful and thought provoking. Highly recommended. I loved this short story and couldn't put it down. It took me all of 20 minutes to read, but what a beautfiul, heart wrenching twenty minutes it was with a wonderful twist of hope at the end. It resonated with me on so many levels, as a parent but also as an adult child of two complex parents, and as a human being living in these strange times. Beautifully written, insightful and thought provoking. Highly recommended. I loved this short story and couldn't put it down. It took me all of 20 minutes to read, but what a beautfiul, heart wrenching twenty minutes it was with a wonderful twist of hope at the end. It resonated with me on so many levels, as a parent but also as an adult child of two complex parents, and as a human being living in these strange times.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    "Sand" by Jasmin Kirkbride "Sand" by Jasmin Kirkbride

  8. 4 out of 5

    Moon

    This story is brilliant! I especially loved knowing what the metaphor of sand meant before I started reading it, and it made the entire story just flow. It's so apt and true. I need to find a good sifter to help me with my own sand. This story is brilliant! I especially loved knowing what the metaphor of sand meant before I started reading it, and it made the entire story just flow. It's so apt and true. I need to find a good sifter to help me with my own sand.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Not every tradition is a good one. One of the things I appreciated the most about this tale was its nuanced approach to the trauma Suzy and everyone else experienced in this world. Her parents genuinely loved her and thought they had no other choice but to continue the destructive patterns of behavior they’d seen as children. The compassion the author had for everyone involved in these rituals was admirable. It would have been quite easy to write Suzy’s parents off as negligent at best, so I was Not every tradition is a good one. One of the things I appreciated the most about this tale was its nuanced approach to the trauma Suzy and everyone else experienced in this world. Her parents genuinely loved her and thought they had no other choice but to continue the destructive patterns of behavior they’d seen as children. The compassion the author had for everyone involved in these rituals was admirable. It would have been quite easy to write Suzy’s parents off as negligent at best, so I was pretty happy to see how deeply the narrator dug into what was truly going on there. I would have preferred to see a little more development of the ending. While I understood what the author was doing with her metaphor, I think it could have been expanded more to explain why Suzy’s culture felt the need to keep sand in their mouths in the first place and why she attempted to change that tradition. Had this section been given a bit more time to shine, I would have easily given it a five star rating as the message of it was marvelous. Speaking of the metaphor, it was also well done. It was broad enough to reference many different types of intergenerational trauma that happen in the real world while also specific enough to firmly root this storyline in the science fiction genre. I enjoyed interpreting the most powerful scenes from these perspectives as certain conversations or actions could be viewed in completely different ways depending on how literally or figuratively the reader chose to understand them. Sand was a thoughtful science fiction story that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karítas Pálsdóttir

    It’s a touching story, thought provoking too. I enjoyed the read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    A little on the nose, perhaps, but well-done; I wish the characters had felt a bit more developed, but in all a good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookfairy

    Powerful story, it's short, so I recommend just checking it out on Tor. Powerful story, it's short, so I recommend just checking it out on Tor.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mountainroot

    It was interesting...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Fox

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scissor Stockings

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lana Barnsley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leonora

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kait

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Essi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hughes

  24. 4 out of 5

    egelantier

  25. 4 out of 5

    aroomofbooks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carina

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jack Kelley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kara Bianca

  30. 5 out of 5

    Logann

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