The Unfinished World

The Unfinished World

And Other Stories

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2016
ISBN: 9781631490903
Branch Call Number: FIC Spar
Characteristics: viii, 226 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The janitor in space
The Lizzie Borden jazz babies
The cemetery for lost faces
The logic of the loaded heart
Thirteen ways of destroying a painting
Lancelot in the lost places of the world
And the world was crowded with things that meant love
Birds with teeth
For these humans who cannot fly
Take your daughter to the slaughter
We were holy once
La belle de nuit, la belle de jour
The men and women like him
Things you should know about Cassandra Dee
The fires of western heaven
The process of human decay
The fever librarian
The unfinished world
The sleepers


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forbesrachel Apr 05, 2017

The Unfinished World is a collection of solidly-written speculative short stories. Many of them will leave you deep in though, some because of disturbing notions such as, daughters who hunt reverse werewolves, and, a family of murderous scammers told from the point of view of a young child. Sparks' imagination has breadth, so for those who enjoy the more literary type of speculative fiction, there should be a story or two for you to enjoy.

SPL_Shauna Jun 18, 2016

This book is what would happen if Ursula Le Guin and Karen Russell had a glorious, beautiful book baby. Sparks' prose is piscean, otherworldly and heartbreaking. This is short speculative fiction at its best. Not to be missed.


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