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Wild Milk

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Wild Milk is like Borscht Belt meets Leonora Carrington; it’s like Donald Barthelme meets Pony Head; it’s like the Brothers Grimm meet Beckett in his swim trunks at the beach. In other words, this remarkable collection of stories is unlike anything else you’ve read.

“Sabrina Orah Mark is a writer of strangeness & tenderness & undeniable brilliance. I wanted to read
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Dorothy, a publishing project
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Utterly strange and wonderfully ridiculous. These stories have a fairy tale quality and are sprinkled with odd mothers, forgetful lovers, cruel children, and confused protagonists. At times, they feel stuck in surreal dreams and at other times a sadness seeps into the anxiety of it all. I totally gave myself over to Mark's narrative styles and approaches in these 24 wonders. She's the kind of writer who can do whatever she wants and it's a constant thrill. This book is coming out on October 1st. ...more
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Extremely clever, frequently funny language play abounds in this little book. Part Kafka, part Diane Williams, part Henny Youngman, Mark takes ordinary situations, tosses in startling imagery, and then ratchets the whole thing up to absurd levels by focusing almost microscopically on the routine things we say and do, almost without thought despite the specifics of the situation, as we go about our everyday lives. The best stories in this collection ("The Taxmen", "The Very Nervous Famil
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
George Saunders meets Leonora Carrington in a tripped-out Perrault fairy tale. Love.
Bill Hsu
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
There are awesome pieces here, like "The Taxmen":
When the taxmen came for Father's heart, Father is on the phone. I hear him say: "they're here." I hear him say, "keep the bones."

Then there are pieces that don't do much for me. But the language is almost always clever, and the situations absurd and funny.
Nate D
Nov 19, 2018 is currently reading it
These are very dependent on me as a reader, my reading mindset. Each is finely constructed but I really need to meet them on their own terms with willing alertness or they don't really engage what they seem designed to. But when they do (when I'm the reader these deserve), magic happens.
Rachel Watkins
Sabrina Orah Mark's short stories in WILD MILK are dreamy, edgy, and dangerous. Most of us grew up with fairy tales, but Mark transforms these traditional storytelling models into modern day confessions with moxie.
Zoë Ruiz
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucky for me a funny and strange book found me: Sabrina Orah Mark’s Wild Milk, a collection of 24 very short stories published by Dorothy Project. Mark’s stories follow a dream logic and explore familial relationships and domesticity. In these stories a mother has 9 sons who suddenly become 9 daughters, a woman marries poems and a child on a playground bullies her, and taxmen arrive to the house for a father’s heart. Suppose that magic, dreams, and humor offer a way out of trauma, or a way throu ...more
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Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sabrina Orah Mark's WILD MILK is a far out ride. "Mother at the Dentist" is now one of my favorite short stories, even though it is way more Dora Carrington than Elizabeth Stroud. The timing, rhythm, and nuance of it delight me to no end. And there are family issues lurking all over this unusual volume. Read it!
Ben Niespodziany
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need to read these all again to provide a proper review, but this is more than a collection of short stories. This is a world unlike any other where every sentence is unexpected and shining with love, fear, confusion, bewilderment, uncertainty, and more. Some of these three page fables feel much, much longer. I've read 'The Very Nervous Family' more than any other short story / prose poem ever.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a completely wonderful read! Sabrina Orah Mark's poetic sensibilities are wound into genre-bending pieces that I can't recommend enough. This book is a happy balm (but mostly it's a book).
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
WILD MILK is a collection of bizarre stories-- some brilliant and some simply like lovely word salads. I enjoyed Sabrina Orah Mark's work.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Read these as poetry and you’ll be fine— as prose they’re a bit too whackadoodle. Suspend judgement, and these are quite beautiful, surreal portraits of feelings or dreams.
Ben Robinson
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A super smart book of dreamlike spiels, each with its own internal logic just beyond our collective ken.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved these fabulous fabulist tales. I'm always impressed by Mark's narrative layering and by the sheer audacity of her work. A wonderful, can't-miss collection.
Jan Stinchcomb
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most original collections published this year. Lovers of the surreal, short shorts, and hybrid forms should pick this up today.
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Sabrina Orah Mark grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poetry collections The Babies (2004), winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize chosen by Jane Miller, and Tsim Tsum (2009), as well as the chapbook Walter B.’s Extraor ...more
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