IRON

Zabrisky's first short story collection.

 "Zabrisky's rapturous prose delivers four piercing tales of the lovely and lost. IRON is a mesmerizing, vicious dream—the kind you never forget." —Melissa Febos


  "Zabrisky's stories are like tracer bullets: this here is dark, dangerous, and delicious fiction, folks. One can only ask: where's she been all this time? Where could all this fire and light have been hiding?" —Tamim Ansari


  "Reading Zabrisky's stories is like being held in the arms of a mother grizzly. One moment they are coddling you in their furry bear arms, the next they are mauling you with a literary ferocity unmatched." —Donald Budge


"There's a unique cocktail to Zabrisky's prose, an elusive combination of elegance and ferocity. All these stories have a staccato rhythm that seduces the reader into flipping pages long into the night." —Joshua Mohr



"Zabrisky's stories tend to be strange and terrifying, hilarious and sad, very often all at once. Above all else, they always feel true. She translates life into literature in a unique and unforgettable fashion, and her work is filled with a fierce energy and a twisted imagination that is to be jointly enjoyed and envied." —William Taylor Jr.


 A CUTE  

TOMBSTONE

 A young woman residing in America flies back to Russia to bury her mother. Eerie,funny, A CUTE TOMBSTONE is a dark satire on a bureaucratic and brainwashed country—or state of mind.


​ "A Cute Tombstone" exists somewhere between poetry and prose. It satisfies me like a short story, creating a sense of urgency, while surprising me around every corner the way only a good poem can. Zabrisky is a bold writer with a unique voice, and we all should pay attention." -Jon Boilard

 
"Fresh off of an Acker Award Zabrisky is making her mark in contemporary writing...Zabrisky plants her flag of freedom and individuality into the vodka and blood soaked soil of her homeland with a growling defiance. This is a rising star you don't want to miss." —Devin McGuire


"Zabrisky proves a brilliant spokeswoman for the everyday hero fighting the good fight." —Joe Clifford


​"Fifty two pages, no room to spare, crammed full of delicious and capricious detail; the subject matter propels stark comparison between modes of funerary customs and national traditions. The style, clearly inimitable, the author is indomitable. Zarina Zabrisky has proven herself a formidable descriptor, again!" —Nadine Sellers


​"Zabrisky is a wonderful writer and here she does it again: the wit is savage, the sorrow is subtle. This book made me vow never to die in Russia. Read it and you'll see what I mean." —Tamim Ansari

WE, MONSTERS

 A story of a soccer mom who moonlights as a dominatrix. 
In her writing Zabrisky draws on her life experiences: At nineteen, she was solicited by a KGB agent to become a prostitute-spy for the infamous Soviet institution and flirted with the idea. As an MFA student at Leningrad State University (the "Oxford of the East"), she chose to pursue a career in business. Years later, Zabrisky wrote WE, MONSTERS, the story of what could have happened, while juggling her motherhood responsibilities with a San Francisco dungeon dominatrix job.



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"...the brutal subject matter is leavened with emotion,humor, and an honest exploration of female sexuality. Much like Lolita...slyly funny and richly characterized." -Guernica Daily 

"Literary crumb trails appear and then dry up as Zabrisky, playing a great cat and mouse game, with a wink, slyly shuts the door on the discerning reader... This is a story that will stick with the reader long after finishing it. “We, Monsters” is a stunning force of a debut novel."  - Red Fez

"...exciting, fun, tragic, beautiful, and revealing...Engrossing and intelligent, We, Monsters is an extraordinary read."
--Up the Stairs Quarterly

"...this is not a book about either murder or analysis, not about the rote realities of dominatrix work, but about what Freud offers in the manner of Artaud, an enactment, fairy tales as hyperbolic truths, nightmares as myths of origin... agony, ecstasy, and enactment, “the experience itself, the plague itself.” Which we all need." --Decomp Literary Magazine

"Zarina Zabrisky delivers an edgy, shocking debut – a psychological thriller of kink and culture clash in San Francisco’s underground. “We, Monsters” takes readers into a troubling, yet tantalizing, world where wayward housewives find employment fulfilling men’s most brutal desires. It’s a story that will stick with you long after you finish reading." -Scott James, New York Times contributing columnist and author of the bestselling Kemble Scott novels “SoMa” and “The Sower”.

 "An unabashedly pervy, comedically deconstructive romp through modern motherhood, psychoanalytic theory and the sex industry, WE,MONSTERS is also surprisingly charming and deeply moving." -Gina Frangello, author of the collection Slut Lullabies, and novels My Sister's Continent and A Life in Men, and a cofounder of Other Voices Books.


"...the literary equivalent of a Jackson Pollack painting: a multi-layered, amazing, and seductive mess... I wish more writers would take this risk, as it would, in my opinion, bring literature back to where it needs to be, in the realm of Art."
-Marie Lecrivain, Chief Editor at Poeticdiversity

"On page after page, I am reminded why I love literature so much." --Charles Kruger, journalist at Litseen

"...psychologically thrilling and emotional and beautiful and ugly and thought provoking and, oh what a ride!"   --Sarah Page, editor at Out of Our

​ "...as much a book about migration, about subjective space, symbolic times, and personal memory, as it’s a book about perverts, abusers, and the abused, and the circle of abuse--in San Francisco, in Odessa, or anywhere. ... rich and complex, intricately structured novel... We, Monsters provides an utterly intense experience: a totally immersive reader-narrator fusion.
--Polly Trope, author of the novel "Cured Meat"