BLACK LIGHT PRAISE

“The bad-ass gals in these terrific stories are all attitude, and as funny and appealing in their imperfection and thwarted desire as you’ll find in any fiction out there. Parsons opens and ends stories brilliantly. I just finished this book, and I’m going to read it again right away.” —Amy Hempel, author of Sing to It

“The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush…I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

“The very fact that Black Light exists in the world makes everything feel a little less bleak. These stories are funny and poignant and searching, full of taut poetry, not to mention the long pain and sharp joys of living and loving and lusting. In her debut collection, Parsons has put it all on the line, with a hell of a payoff.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark

Black Light announces a remarkable talent. Parsons sees right into the maw of the flawed humans that live in her worlds, which is to say, she spies the humanity in all of us. These stories are at turns heartbreaking and hilarious; keen and imaginative. Plus, she’s a prime prose stylist, one whose language never dips below flat-out amazing.” —Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math 

Black Light is savage, celestial, and gorgeous. The prose shimmers into incantation. Parsons dissects the guts of the soul, to show us how awful we all are and how crushingly beautiful.” —Hannah Lillith Assadi, author of Sonora

Black Light is a work of thunderous virtuosity. This debut captures a kind of truth that could pass for memory if it weren’t so steeped in Parsons’s voice and whirring imagination, piercing and singular. A luminous fever dream and a modern day classic.”
—T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

“Extraordinary, brutal, filled with wit and menace and charisma, Black Light stakes out a Texas by turns drably oppressive and shot through with ultra-HD colors. Contemptuous and empathetic, ill-mannered and sublime, Black Light is my favorite collection in years.” —Mark Doten, author of Trump Sky Alpha