Milk Blood Heat
Moniz’s stories take unexpected turns, and have powerful endings. She explores human relationships, from the symbiotic to the strained, and leaves readers contemplating not only her characters’ lives but also their own. Her characters are complex and compelling, displaying weakness, foibles, and strength. From young girls craving to truly know how things feel to a middle-aged man struggling with his wife’s illness, to daughters and mothers bound by pain, disappointment, and resentment, they elicit sympathy, contempt, and recognition. They get under the skin and are not easily forgotten. Recommended by Nancy
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.