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Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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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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batsy
Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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#BookReport

🌠 Finished Klotsvog which was interesting but didn't quite move me, & King Lear which was madness & chaos & just superb
🌚 Read Black Light, a short story collection that's on the 2020 Tournament of Books longlist, but I was left indifferent #ToB

#WeeklyForecast

🌺 Started The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub & I'm already charmed
❓ Hope to fit in one more book this week but not sure what—can't wait to find out 😁

BookNAround Black Light left me indifferent too. 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen So many short story collections on that long list!! 2mo
batsy @BookNAround I'm glad I'm not alone 🙂 2mo
batsy @Cinfhen I know! I hope they're not all like this one 😬 2mo
BarbaraBB “Can‘t wait to find out” 😂😂 2mo
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I just hope it's not nothing & that I do throw in another book! 😅 2mo
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batsy
Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure what it is with contemporary short story collections from the North American Anglosphere, but I often feel deflated/bored. This has received critical acclaim & good reviews, & there's no denying that King Parsons can write a perfect sentence. However, despite the raw, grimy atmosphere & focus on people on the margins, it still came off like a cool, nonchalant, workshopped to death collection that left me feeling empty. #ToB #netgalley

ScientistSam Great review! 2mo
Lesliereads *smirks* 😂 2mo
batsy @ScientistSam Thank you! 2mo
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Redwritinghood
Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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#nbafiction2019 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 uneven with some stories not as strong as the others. 3.5⭐️