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This debut short story collection by Washington D.C. based author Amber Sparks was named The Atlantic Wire 2012's Best Small Press debut. 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.
"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."
- Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes all it takes is a few sentences to knock you off your rocker. Or at least that’s the case in Sparks’s debut collection, which packs 30 short short stories, each its own modern fable, into one handsome book.
"There was Aesop, Thomas Bulfinch, Edith Hamilton, Angela Carter—and now there is Amber Sparks with a new take on the fable. May We Shed These Human Bodies is a clever, scary, and charming debut collection full of great imagination."
— Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray and Dear Everybody