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“Sparks uses the surreal and fantastic in stunning, surprising ways. Like Carola Dibbell’s “The Only Ones” and Emily Mandel’s “Station Eleven,” the book is a masterful work of speculative fiction.” – The Washington Post

9781631490903_300I’m a writer. (And yes, that really is my real name.)

My second short story collection, THE UNFINISHED WORLD AND OTHER STORIES, is out now from Liveright/Norton.

You can order it here or at your local bookstore.

Some recent praise:

Paris Review: “So many of these stories read in this spirit: as observational field notes for Sparks’s characters, with narratives that arise only from the delicate reportage of their eccentricities. “

The New York Times:“Sparks’s stylish second collection is the work of a young writer whose voice feels far wiser than her years… No one story sounds like another, yet her singular voice floats through the collection, tying it together with opulent prose that draws heavily on history and the macabre.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Sparks recognizes perverse mythology uncovers the most innate truths about human nature and connection. When the stories you’ve been told aren’t enough, make up your own. Forged in an evocative and sensual fire, these tales transcend tradition to shine new light onto timeless complications.”

And here are some other lovely things people have said about the book.


I also wrote this awesome little book with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish, and it’s available here. It’s called THE DESERT THE DESERT PLACES...coming October 15thPLACES.

Flavorwire said about it that: “In this case, Curbside Splendor should be loaded up with heaps of praise (but I’m sure they’d settle for just taking your money if you wanted to give it to them) for putting out this little book that takes its cues from the Bible, amplifies the Good Book’s violence and darkness, and then smashes it together with modern times.”

Rain Taxi said that “none of McCarthy’s novels has the cosmic scope that Sparks and Kloss develop here, even if The Desert Places isn’t half as long as McCarthy’s shortest work.”


My debut short story collection, MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES, is still available from Curbside Splendor.

mwsthb_-_cover_04-27-12.jpgAtlantic Wire called it the “best small press debut of 2012.”

Publisher’s Weekly said it “swirls with a Tim Burton-like whimsy…modern fables in which epiphanies replace moral lessons and tales unfold with Grimm-like wickedness.”


over a dozen bloggers and literary magazines and websites named it one of the best books of 2012.