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Milk Blood Heat

Audiobook
Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/02/2021


Most Anticipated book for 2021 by O Magazine
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
One of Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Books of February 2021”
Indie Next List Pick

Milk Blood Heat

Stories

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Audio CD ISBN:9781696603348
Digital Download ISBN:9781696603331

Summary

A livewire debut from Dantiel W. Moniz, one of the most exciting discoveries in today's literary landscape, Milk Blood Heat depicts the sultry lives of Floridians in intergenerational tales that contemplate human connection, race, womanhood, inheritance, and the elemental darkness in us all.

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Product Description

A livewire debut from Dantiel W. Moniz, one of the most exciting discoveries in today's literary landscape, Milk Blood Heat depicts the sultry lives of Floridians in intergenerational tales that contemplate human connection, race, womanhood, inheritance, and the elemental darkness in us all. Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story 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.

Reviews/Praise

"Reader Williams does a fine job shifting between characters and voicing both younger and older speakers and varying dialects. Her narrative pace is steady and somber, in keeping with the stories but sensitive to the events as they unfold.” ---Booklist Audio

“This powerful debut collection is a wonderland of deep female characters navigating their lives against the ever changeable backdrop of Florida. The feminine is sublime throughout these stories, featuring girls and women who are submerged in loss, love, death, temptation, and the cruelty and benevolence of motherhood, two sides of the same coin. Each story vibrates with a thrumming undercurrent of primal power, found in both nature and in the most shadowy parts of ourselves. . . Dark and lushly layered, these stories will bewitch you.”—Kirkus Starred Review

“Fascinating . . . [the stories'] connective moments are both unpredictable and earned. . . This story collection is for readers who want to be both challenged and compelled.”—Booklist

“The stories in Moniz’s debut collection—many of which shine a multihued light on Black girlhood in Florida—are to not only be read but felt. Like Danielle Evans and Lauren Groff, Moniz is unafraid to expose the darkened corners of the Sunshine State, and of female desire.”—Oprah.com, Most Anticipated Books of 2021

"Reader Williams does a fine job shifting between characters and voicing both younger and older speakers and varying dialects. Her narrative pace is steady and somber, in keeping with the stories but sensitive to the events as they unfold.” --Booklist Audio Review

Author Bio

Dantiel W. Moniz is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminars, and a Tin House Scholarship. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, Joyland, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere.