Parker's debut story collection is Beasts and Children.
One of the author's ten favorite linked story collections, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
The IlluminationRead about the other entries on the list.
by Kevin Brockmeier
Two threads bind the characters together in Brockmeier’s The Illumination. First, wound sites begin to emit light. Pain shines and suffering is made luminous and visible. Second, a journal compiled of daily love notes from a husband to his wife circulates through the hands of the characters, shedding light on their own predicaments, providing a counterpoint of warmth, love, and humor to their own immense pain. The journal itself is a masterpiece of deeply observed details, a celebration of a beloved in all her particularity. Brockmeier is one of the greatest prose stylists working today, and his tenderness for the human condition registers in every line.
The Page 69 Test: Beasts and Children.