SPARK is a somewhat disorienting little book. What starts out as a fairly straightforward story — a woman takes in her pyromaniac brother after he is released from prison — turns into a darker, mysterious world.
The trouble I had with these mysterious occurrences was that I wasn’t entirely sure that they were real. Now, maybe the issue is that I was reading the book while tired, before bed, and maybe there were clues that I did not notice. If Mauk intended to makes these experiences surreal, I cannot say for certain if that’s how they come across.
I’d be curious to hear other readers’ impressions. SPARK is definitely a novel that merits discussion, and I hope that it gets it.
(My full review appears on Glorified Love Letters.)