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.— Rachel Watkins
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!— Barbette Houser
Presidents, professors, a lover called Poems, and a family parakeet called Bye Bye Francoise: these are only several of the many memorable characters we meet inside Sabrina Orah Mark's finely wrought story collection Wild Milk. These distilled, funny, and often devastating stories interrogate politics, religion, technology, and violence; while ultimately depicting a stunning and close-up portrait of an American family. They ask the question, How might we stop this cycle of neglect?
Wild Milk is a progressive short story collection. Mark's neo-fairy-tale protagonists (mothers, daughters, sisters, others) occupy a liminal imaginary space, a queer space; they have been harmed by the binary, and so they are skeptical of all binaries, skeptical at times of narrative, skeptical even of words. These are stories within stories, stories cracked wide-open, wounded stories, bleeding stories, stories that fight and frighten and heal, stories that wonder even what they are, what they are doing here, what any of us are doing here. There is some kind of rewriting happening here, and it is remarkable. Mark's debut story collection is fresh and new and feels somehow long-awaited.— Will