Black Light

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With raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood.

Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, these stories erupt off the page with a primal howl—sharp-voiced, bitter, and wise. Black Light contains the type of storytelling that resonates somewhere deep, in the well of memory that repudiates nostalgia.

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Title:Black Light
Edition Language:English
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    Black Light Reviews

  • Richard Derus

    ***NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE*** This delightful book has unseated the presumptive champion to become my annual six-stars-of-five bestestest read of the year!AND it was a 2019 NBA longlister...AND it's in t...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: I'm usually nervous in cars. Whether I'm driving or riding, I can't seem to forget that I'm in a little shell,hurtling along. I want a death that comes from the inside, something I won't have...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I think I will be a dissenting voice for these stories. I found them to be repetitive in ways that were unpleasant.So much fatphobia, either from a self-directed perspective or other-directed, but all...

  • Michael

    I read this book for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found.Caustic and biting, Kimberly King Parsons’ debut collection Black Light takes an unflinching look at the manifold ways girls a...

  • Kathleen

    National Book Award Longlist 2019. A black light makes visible that which is invisible in natural light. What is more, it causes facial features to look ugly—even grotesque. Parsons focuses her blac...

  • Tyler Goodson

    Is Friday Night Lights meets Ottessa Moshfegh a thing? Because this collection is kind of like that: unafraid of being dark or weird or gross, and set within the wandering, vacant emptiness of Texas, ...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    Like if a sucker punch were a pleasant surprise somehow. "Foxes" was particularly vicious (guitar shred), but I didn't want any of these stories to end, which is quite a thing to say about a debut col...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This short story collection was an interesting mix of the dark and gritty with the mundane. These stories center around the lives of the poor and the marginalized. The collection overall was a bit une...

  • Hannah

    This hyper-realistic short story collection is dark and depressing and with prose not always sharp enough to work for me. The stories are mostly about people in the middle of bad decisions; not necess...

  • Michelle

    Tournament of Books LonglistNew to Me in 2020Parsons short story collection Black Light reads like a forensic examination exposing the grit the grime and all the pieces of ourselves we leave behind in...