Parker's debut story collection is Beasts and Children.
One of the author's ten favorite linked story collections, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
Jesus' SonRead about another entry on the list.
by Denis Johnson
This book was everywhere in the late '90s, and for good reason. Johnson’s images are indelible. A naked woman flown like a kite; a Mennonite couple making love in Iowa; a pour of whiskey trembling at the rim of a shot glass; a man with a knife in his eye. The writing is spare, smart, and beautiful. The stories hurt to read—as we follow FH (Fuckhead) through his mess of a life, seeking connection, seeking redemption, and finding it in stolen moments and unexpected places.
The Page 69 Test: Beasts and Children.