LitStack Rec: The Pretty Girl & Boneshaker

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The Pretty Girl, a novella and stories, by Debra Spark. In Spark’s 2012 collection, the puzzling and the deceptive abound—in Illusions, miniatures, stories hidden in pictures—especially in pictures. These inhabit the lives of Spark’s characters as mysteries of a familiar nature: hidden family histories, missed opportunities with those who are […]

LitStack Rec: ‘Chicago’ and ‘To This Day’

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One of the best definitions of magical realism I’ve read comes from Debra Spark. In her essay, “Curious Attractions: Magical Realism’s Fate in the States,” Spark spells out what makes the premise both magical and real. If you haven’t read Spark’s essay, in her 2005 collection “Curious Attractions: Essays on […]