Milk Blood Heat

Milk Blood Heat

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Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story in Milk Blood Heat delves into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women, and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning. These intimate portraits of people and relationships scour and soothe and blast a light on the nature of family, faith, forgiveness, consumption, and what we may, or may not, owe one another.

A thirteen-year-old meditates on her sadness and the difference between herself and her white best friend when an unexpected tragedy occurs; a woman recovering from a miscarriage finds herself unable to let go of her daughter—whose body parts she sees throughout her daily life; a teenager resists her family’s church and is accused of courting the devil; servers at a supper club cater to the insatiable cravings of their wealthy clientele; and two estranged siblings take a road-trip with their father’s ashes and are forced to face the troubling reality of how he continues to shape them.

Wise and subversive, spiritual and seductive, Milk Blood Heat forms an ouroboros of stories that bewitch with their truth.

Title:Milk Blood Heat
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802158154
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    Milk Blood Heat Reviews

  • Roxane

    I loved these stories and the many interesting people at the center of them. Moniz writes with incredible sharpness and precision, and there is an ache in so many of these stories. They all end withou...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘Love requires a bareness, a certain pliability, and I didn’t thrill at the possibility of being transformed or wiped away.’A family is a fragile thing, so entwined together yet caught in a tigh...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I was glowing from the inside out—about how real the characters were in these stories....I was also deeply sad ( but impressed), by how well the author articulated the conditions of stress and life....

  • Thomas

    A visceral short story collection that focuses on the interior lives and interpersonal relationships of Black girls and women. My favorite stories in this collection, “Tongues” and “The Hearts o...

  • luce

    3 ½ stars “She was of that special age where she knew both nothing and everything, and no matter where or at whom she looked, she saw her own reflecting glimmering back like a skim of oil. She coul...

  • Hannah

    This is such a good debut collection of short stories. I especially liked the focus on girlhood and thought Moniz captures that particular time of life incredibly well – with all the inherent darkne...

  • marta the book slayer

    3.8/5The more I reflect on the short stories I read, the more I realize the lasting impact they had. For example, I was posed with a question as to whether a person's actions determine who they are to...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    Short story collections can be so hit and miss. I find short stories to be harder to get into because they don't always lay down a good foundation to get invested. Sometimes by the time you get invest...

  • Lupita Reads

    “Ava knows she really is a monster, or at least she feels like one: unnatural and unfamiliar in her body. Before thirteen, she hadn’t realized empty was a thing you could carry. But who put it the...

  • Never Without a Book

    Yoooooooo!!!!!! These stories are 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥...