Sible that which is invisible in natural light What is it causes facial features to look ugly even grotesue Parsons focuses her black light on the poor and marginalized in these dozen short stories Their lives are messy They may be addicted They may lie and cheat 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 the lives of the poor and the marginalized The overall was a bit uneven with some stories not as strong as the others 35 NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE This delightful book has unseated the presumptive champion to become my annual six stars of five bestestest read of the earAND it was a 2019 NBA longlisterAND it s in the 2020 Tournament of Books Don t start this read if Notes sur la mlodie des choses you re not ready to go there You know the there I mean that there that Gertrude Stein railed against not being there in Oakland California circa 1920 Or today for all I know or care The thereou re going with Author Parsons is the there that we try hard to deal with each in our separate ways the there that we hate but need You *re not going alone You might in fact p I read this book for Lambda Literary where * not going alone You might in fact p I read this book for Lambda Literary where full review can be foundCaustic and biting Kimberly King Parsons debut collection Black Light takes an unflinching look at the manifold ways girls and Le druidisme au quotidien : Guide pratique et philosophique young women adroitly navigate a culture determined to demean them Across twelve succinct stories the collection fully renders the sardonic voices of teens and twentysomethings fed up with stultifying suburbs and patronizing men The heroines frenetically veer between bravado and insecurity they brazenly rebel against authority privately worry about their weight and seek solace in liuor pills and sex Teasing out the differences betweenouth and experience Parsons brings to life the thrills and hardships of coming of age and adjusting to adulthood in America 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 uite a thing to say about a debut collection Or any collection Tournament of Books Longlist New 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 this life Set mainly in rural Texas and centered on the experiences of women these are mournable stories You have daughters abandoned by their fathers children unsure of which version of their mother awaits them at home girls rejected by their lovers and women whose lives are directed by their own self loathing This collection cracked me open and left me raw One of my Goodreads friends Richard Derus said in his review Don t start this read if ou re not ready to go there Sage words of advice for Black Light is a heavy load to bear that reuires the reader to spend time in those uncomfortable spaces we typically try to avoi. S 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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Is something I can smother tamp down and forget about for a while ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 childhoodTaking 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 nostalgiaMY THOUGHTS There are a lot of everyday materials that fluoresce or glow when placed under a black light A black light gives off highly energetic ultraviolet light Just as these energetic stories fluoresce and glow as they are being read And just as a black light shows up things not normally visible to the human eye these are the things that are focused upon in this collection of short stories Don t expect anything cute or heartwarming The author focuses on the seamier side of life the bits that happen but nobody talks about the bits that are swept under the carpet and glossed over It is our fears and disappointments that she focuses on not our dreams aspirations and achievements Some of the stories border on the bizarre all are slightly strange but very very real This was an interesting read one that deserves not to be hurried These stories bear a closer inspection and I will be giving them a second read My two favourites in this collection are Fiddlebacks and Starlite BlackLight NetGalley THE AUTHOR Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light forthcoming from Vintage August 13 2019 and the novel The
Boiling River forthcoming from Knopf in 2020ish Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris Review BestRiver forthcoming from Knopf in 2020ish Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Best Fictions 2017 New South Black Warrior Review No Tokens Joyland Ninth Letter Kenyon Review and elsewhere Her book reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookforum Fanzine Time Out New York The Millions and elsewhere She lives with her partner and sons in Portland OR where she is completing a novel about Texas motherhood and LSD DISCLOSURE Thank ou to
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Vintage via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Black Light by Kimberly King ParsonsDoubleday Publishing Group Vintage via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my profile page on Goodreadscom or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review and others are also published on Twitter and my webpage National Book Award Longlist 2019 A black light makes vi. Ache of first love the banality of self loathing the scourge of addiction the myth of marriage and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhoodTaking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens from the freedom of pay by the hour motel. I think I will be a dissenting voice for these stories I found them to be repetitive in ways that were unpleasantSo much fatphobia either from a self directed perspective or other directed but all from people who hate fatness and largeness euating it with disgusting unclean lesser than The author may be making a point but who wants to read that over and over In the first story a woman is larger than her medical student boyfriend who lectures her in micro aggressive ways about her story she is described as cracking a toilet in a dive bar In another story two women who clearly have eating disorders refer openly to their female coworkers as cows In another story a woman describes her family as piggiesMany of the characters see each other only in the ways they can use them Yes I know this happens in real life but I didn t enjoy reading about it There is a repeating theme of seeing light or jewels inside other bodies an interesting idea once but it s overused by showing up repeatedlyI know there s a trend in MFA programs for women to grab hold of unpleasantness as if it is the same as being feminist I just don t enjoy it much and the characters in these stories don t either they are miserable living in sualor or addiction and self destructing 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 wanderingkind of like that unafraid of being dark or weird or gross and set within the wandering emptiness of Texas or anyplace far enough away for ou to feel like there s no one else around These are my favorite kinds of stories with sharp surprising sentences and characters full of wanting and loneliness resourcefulness and humor 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 necessarily life threatening bad decisions but rather smaller mundane ones Often these decisions involve neglect neglect of their own bodies their living environment or most tragically their children In subject matter it reminded me of Lidia Yuknavitch s writing who makes an appearance in the acknowledgements but writing wise it could not reach her brilliance I did not love the way Parsons 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 shellhurtling along I want a death that comes from the inside something I won t have to watch as it s happening a clot turned loose in my brain a glossy organ seizing up and shuddering in *Secret Car Wrecks Are * Car wrecks are windshields and jutting bones the listless highway patrol scooping bits of ou and not ou off the asphalt zipping the whole mess into a bag But when Bo is driving even though she s always looking at herself in the rearview or swerving around road trash in case it s a bag of kittens my anxiety usually a thrum as steady and constant as my heartbeat. 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. ,