May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Spark

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"Sparks’s debut story collection swirls with a Tim Burton-like whimsy… modern fables in which epiphanies replace moral lessons and tales unfold with Grimm-like wickedness."

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May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world's most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds. A whole sideshow's worth of heartbreaking oddballs and freaks.

Amber Sparks is a Washington DC based author whose work has been widely published. She's one of today's freshest literary fiction voices, drawing on fables and mythologies as inspiration for her fiction that explores the human yearning for understanding and uniquely captures her generation's struggle with today's hyper-techno-crazed world. This is her debut story collection.

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Amber Sparks's fiction has been featured in various publications, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Gargoyle, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and elimae. Her chapbook, "A Long Dark Sleep: Stories for the Next World," is included in the anthology Shut Up/Look Pretty, published by Tiny Hardcore Press. She is also a contributor at lit blogs Big Other and Vouched, and lives in Washington, D.C. with a husband and two beasts
Published September 14, 2012 by Curbside Splendor Publishing, Inc.. 156 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Ghosts nurse babies (“As They Always Are”), Death visits Earth as a New England prep (“Death and the People”), people evolve from trees (in the title story), and a girl, born in the land of the dead, is sent to Earth accompanied by a protective group of ghosts (“The Ghosts Eat More Airâ...

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Time Out Chicago

Fitting almost 30 stories into fewer than 150 pages, Amber Sparks packs her debut short story collection full of surprises.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Death and the People,” the opening story in Amber Sparks’s new collection May We Shed These Human Bodies, ably sets the tone for the book that it follows.

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The Nervous Breakdown

One day you’re defending your sister, saving her from the wretched grip of a dark and violent world, and the next day you’re dispensing judgment yourself—questioning her actions, yelling at her for being irresponsible and aloof.

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Pank Magazine

In the titular story, trees de-bark themselves and become humans, only to end up pining for their lives as trees again, wishing to shed their human bodies “for the punitive grace of greening branches and deep, steady roots once more.” You Will Be the Living Equation is my favorite story in the c...

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