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The Unfinished World: And Other Stories (Paperback)
"Fans of Kelly Link, Amelia Gray and Karen Russell, this is the story collection to pick up this year. Sparks's stories are strange, dark and completely unexpected. A janitor in space; orphaned siblings who grieve through the art of taxidermy; siblings who bond over fantastic hate; the worlds Sparks erects are thrilling and dangerous. There is nothing predictable on these pages, though you can be sure of this: every single story will stick with you."— Julie W.
February 2016 Indie Next List
“The beautiful stories in Sparks' debut collection have an ephemeral quality that is difficult to categorize. Comparisons can be made to Haruki Murakami or George Saunders, but the writing is honestly unlike anything I have ever read. The otherworldliness of these stories will transport you beyond the minutiae of your everyday life and alter the way you look at the world.”
— Shawn Donley (E), Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR
A highly anticipated collection of wildly imaginative short stories from “one of contemporary fiction’s true mad scientists” (Necessary Fiction).
In the weird and wonderful tradition of Kelly Link and Karen Russell, Amber Sparks’s dazzling new collection bursts forth with stories that render the apocalyptic and otherworldly hauntingly familiar. In “The Cemetery for Lost Faces,” two orphans translate their grief into taxidermy, artfully arresting the passage of time. The anchoring novella, “The Unfinished World,” unfurls a surprising love story between a free and adventurous young woman and a dashing filmmaker burdened by a mysterious family. Sparks’s stories—populated with sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors—form a veritable cabinet of curiosities. Mythical, bizarre, and deeply moving, The Unfinished World and Other Stories heralds the arrival of a major writer and illuminates the search for a brief encounter with the extraordinary.