The Review of Contemporary Fiction is calling Aimee Parkison's The Innocent Party (BOA, 2012) an "accomplished prose," with "startling cinematic imagery." "In these newest stories, it is easy to get seduced as much by the sonic texture," says reviewer Joseph Dewey. "But make no mistake—Parkison is a storyteller, conjuring characters who harbor festering secrets, lurid urgencies, and violent compulsions. Like Joyce Carol Oates, Parkison deftly works the caricatures of Southern Gothicism into terrifying clarity." "Like so many of her generation, raised entirely within the reach of visual technology, Aimee Parkison, whose stories have garnered both critical praise and prestigious awards, maintains a voyeur's densely layered dynamic with the world... Again and again Parkison plays with expectations, pivoting her characters into provocative dimensions." Regarding this "layered dynamic with the world," Dewey calls these tales "bedtime stories," which are "best read just before surrendering to the heavy drag of sleep, the threshold landscape most appropriate to Parkison’s most arresting sensibility." Click here for the full review. The Innocent Party is available at the BOA Bookstore.
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