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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Exciting fans of such writers as Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and Carmen Maria Machado with prose that shimmers and stings, Amber Sparks holds a singular role in the canon of the weird. Now, she reaches new, uncanny heights with And I Do Not Forgive You. In “Mildly Happy, With Moments of Joy,” a friend is ghosted by a simple text message; in “Everyone’s a Winner at Meadow ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Liveright
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. . . hope is the thing with feathers, and I have always been allergic to down.*

A strange and mesmerizing collection of 22 stories. Many start quite humorously, then veer off into dark, unexpected places. Things are definitely moving around under the surface . . . things you may not want to see.

Dearborn, Michigan: Here is where I told you not to buy that fucking 7-Eleven franchise. You couldn't even remember to pick up the kid from the sitter, so how were you going to keep track of how many
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes, I still love her.

Review to come.
Bri | bribooks
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Bummer. This collection shows flashes of brilliant writing—hence the two star rating—but it too often falls flat. Many of the stories are too short, incomplete, to the point I found myself shrugging and wondering what the point was of what I’d just read. And a couple stories are too long. Weird. It’s like no story here is the fitting length for its subject matter.

Also, many of the stories take strange and unexpected left turns into the fantastical, which I’m usually fine with . . . but I just
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m willing to admit that the current trending variety of feminism alarms me. I appreciate it, agree with the fact that this might absolutely be historically the best time to be alive for women, but there’s something terrifying about militant feminism (or militant other things, for that matter), what it does to one’s mind, the way it warps perspectives. It’ll probably be a while before some sort of reasonable balance is achieved. For now, it did spawn a variety of feminist fiction, some of ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
These stories vary in size, anywhere from three-page pieces to a general forty-pager, and every single one of them is enchanting. In its contents you will find fairy-tale revenge, quiet & loud acts of rebellion, and bizarre encounters that will leave you craving so much more. Two favorites stand out to me in this collection-- an apathetic teenage girl who befriends a centuries-old ghost in her trailer park, and a couple who debate on whether or not to confront what's making those bumps in ...more
Rachel Mans Mckenny
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
And I Do Not Forgive You is a 2020 release, and the short story collection from Amber Sparks with the subtitle “and other revenges.” Boy does it live up to that subtitle. At its heart, the collection shows modern people in the quasi-fantastic, mostly-all-too-real world of technology, familial betrayal, and city life. The princesses, kings, and queens which people some of the most fairy-tale-esque of the stories don’t reside in some 1400s Europe that never was– they live now, here, and struggle ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stories, 2020
As in Sparks' previous books, these stories range across modes from the fabulist to the supernatural to the science fictional. But with so much variety what's striking is how fully realized or "lived in" the worlds of these stories are, because even in the shortest among them I felt dropped not into a premise or conceit from an author but instead into a character's actual, everyday experience — even when the experience was something beyond the realm of my own world (so far!). I've seen reviews ...more
Lewis Szymanski
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, giveaways
I don't really know what to say about this other than I'd like to read a lot more Amber sparks stories.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley!***

The best thing that I can say about this book was that it was forgettable. The worst thing I can say about this book was that it is forgettable and pointless. The short version of this review is that these aren’t actual short stories. They are pieces of stories. Not a single one of them actually has an ending. They end, but they don’t have an ending. Even the one story that
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
And I Do Not Forgive You is an engrossing collection of short stories, some of familiar takes in myth and history, others completely original but still holding an air of familiarity to the female and human experience. There are stories set in the past, the present, or the near or distant future, and in lands too different from ours in order to accurately tell. Though some may seem simple upon first glance, using know tropes or short-form narrative, all strive to provoke thought toward what the ...more
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as didn-t-finish
I can't do this. 30% in and this book is just making me antsy and sad and uncomfortable. But, not in the "this is growth" uncomfortable, but more like "I just feel icky all over" sort of uncomfortable.

The stories are depressing and bleak and there is nothing redeeming about them. Honestly, I just finished "Everyone's a Winner in Meadow Park" and 1.) I'm not sure what the point of the story was, and 2.) The ending didn't even feel probable--like, I could sort of see it happening, but the way that
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
AND I DO NOT FORGIVE YOU is a quirky and feminist shirt story collection by Amber Sparks that I’m happy I came across. My issue, however, is that try as I might, I will always prefer novels over short stories. There were a few of these I really liked, but overall it just wasn’t for me. I adored the writing though, and the shorter stories (which are more like vignettes) were witty and compact, and those were my favorite. I think a lot of them ask for a large suspension of disbelief and fantasy, ...more
Melody Vig
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky to win this book, especially at a time in my life where I am working on becoming a greater person and forgiveness -whether you chose to forgive or not- is a huge part of live. This book made me laugh but most importantly it made me think.i would recommend reading it no matter what stage of life you are in!
Leslie Lam
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mediocre
Most of the book seems to be written for the sake of pushing an agenda, a gross lack of care and love can be seen in the storytelling. I would recommend the author try writing daily columns in newspapers instead.
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Jan 04, 2020 added it
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* interview forthcoming at Craft *
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's nothing wrong with these stories, they just weren't for me.
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