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Milk Blood Heat
Milk Blood Heat | Dantiel W. Moniz
18 posts | 15 read | 12 to read
'These stories and the characters that drive them are like lightning-spectacular, beautiful, carrying a hint of danger. Milk Blood Heat is a stunning and important debut.' Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self 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. Wise and subversive, spiritual and seductive, Milk Blood Heat forms an ouroboros of stories that bewitch with their truth, announcing the arrival of a bright new literary star.
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Anya91
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This was a quick summer read that I really enjoyed. I love a great book of short stories. The characters were interesting and dynamic. As well as the themes of womanhood, family, loss, adolescents, and identity.

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Anya91
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Anya91
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Because there‘s never a bad time to read a new book 📕

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Kazzie
Milk Blood Heat | Dantiel W. Moniz
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This was amazing! Each story featuring strong, scared, interesting, flawed, smart women. Honest stories, often with open or unsettling endings

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JGadz11
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today‘s library haul✨✨✨

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ImperfectCJ
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Some of these stories hit for me and some missed, but overall a solid collection. I like reading Florida stories set in northern Florida for a change, and I like the way Moniz portrays the rich and conflicted inner lives of her characters, how self and culture and family intersect and sometimes conflict. I started with the audio, which had hardly a pause between stories, and I was glad to have the print to clear up the boundaries. #gettbr

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Megabooks
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A few months and a different day made a huge difference in my feelings about these short stories. They went from a so-so to a solid pick. I think there‘s a redemptive darkness in her characters. They‘re in touch with the best and worst in themselves, which makes for interesting writing!

Cinfhen Nice review!! Intriguing 💚🙌🏻 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you!! 1y
Cathythoughts Very intriguing indeed …👍🏻❤️ 1y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts it was an interesting collection! 1y
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Karmapen
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I LOVED this collection. Every single one of these stories was sharp and visceral and disturbing. I didn‘t know how anything would live up to the first story but they kept delivering, I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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Floresj
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I love short stories and this collection is a perfect example of why. Concise, compact and moving, each story develops character and moves the plot in a quick and impactful manner. Wonderful, powerful writing.

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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This is a great collection of short stories. I listened to some and read some. Available on #Hoopla. It is Roxane Gay‘s book club pick for April and it did not disappoint. 4 stars.

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Bookalong
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What a fiery collection this is hard to believe this is Moniz's debut. She blew me away with how human the characters felt and the realness of the stories themselves. I was captivated and emotionally affected after reading each story. With such lush prose, I found myself slip into each story with ease and anticipation. The themes within all deal with the everyday harshness life can bring. These stories are dark and sizzling! Moniz is one to watch!

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag. Some stories, like the title story and Outside the Raft, felt overdramatic and forced. I was disengaged. Then others, like Necessary Bodies and Snow, had an understated beauty. It‘s the kind of collection I want to read again in six months and see if I feel the same way, but for now, I‘ll give it 2.5⭐️.

Cinfhen Hmmm; that means I‘ll be waiting to see your revisions 😁Because I wasn‘t sold on the blurb and your meh review isn‘t really propelling me forward 💜 2y
nelehelen I was so curious about this one! 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen @nelehelen looking back on the stories, the ones I liked least were the ones written from the perspective of preteens. I think 10-12 is a really hard age to write as an adult author, and it just felt like she prescribed feelings of older teens to them. I love Eugenides‘ The Virgin Suicides, and it kind of had those vibes, but with younger kids. Idk. It just seemed overwritten. The adult-centered stories were, on the all, better. ⬇️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen @nelehelen it‘s clear the Roxane Gay picked it for her book club because there is overt or covert trauma involved, and that‘s her thing, but parts of the book still needed reworking, IMO. 2y
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Megabooks
Milk Blood Heat | Dantiel W. Moniz
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#bookmail!

The tagged is a swap in my #feministbookclubbox (also picked up some body cream and washi tape), and the Lamott is from Amazon. Very excited for both!

I definitely recommend FBC box if you want to support a small, woman-owned business with some of your purchases. (They, in turn, support woman-, queer- and BIPOC-owned businesses and authors.) https://www.feministbookclub.com

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Vansa
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Stellar stellar writing. #MilkBloodHeat #GroveAtlantic #NetGalley

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Vansa
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😂😂I absolutely adore my husband to bits.This ability of his, though,to fall asleep in seconds,drives me up the wall!Love to see it reflected.The first few short stories weren't too good,but the second half of the book is quite excellent,and I don't enjoy short stories.Highly recommended.Thanks,#GroveAtlantic #NetGalley #MilkBloodHeat!

TrishB Pretty sure mine can do it mid conversation! 2y
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TheNerdyProfessor
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But seriously, how beautiful is this stack of books? #bookmail #tbr #morebooks

Thousand-Lives So beautiful! 😍 2y
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MsLeah8417
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Currently listening to...

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