Every story in this collection is beyond remarkable.
—Michael Schuab, NPR
Parsons is an exhilarating, enchanting, charming and irresistible new voice.
—Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times
This is a first-rate debut.
—Publishers Weekly ☆
Parsons is both unflinching and eloquent in her portrayals of people as they burn and rage.
—Lauren Kane, The Paris Review
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.