Subito Press is proud to announce the publication of
Moon Is Cotton & She Laugh All Night by Tracy DeBrincat
“Moon is cotton & she laugh all night,” whispers the hippo to the gazelle after rescuing her. And so the characters in this astonishing collection attempt to save themselves and others with prayers and promises, illusions and fantasies. Twelve-year-old Dora observes her own demise and attempts to prevent her brother Porter from meeting the same fate. An adolescent resents the intrusion of a new baby into an already crowded family. A runaway teen finds refuge in the basement of a single mother and her daughter. Lydia obsesses over a stranger’s toupee while she wrestles with a proposal. On the eve of her fiftieth birthday, Chichi goes home to see her mother after 25 years. With cracking prose, lyrical whimsy and dark humor, Tracy DeBrincat tells stories of isolation and desire against a uniquely California landscape colored in strange wonder.
Subito Press is a literary publisher based at the University of Colorado, Boulder. They look for innovative fiction that reflects and informs the contemporary human condition, and encourage and support work that challenges already-accepted literary modes and devices. Moon Is Cotton & She Laugh All Night is winner of the 2009 Subito Prize for fiction.
Praise for Moon Is Cotton & She Laugh All Night
“Tracy DeBrincat’s audacious stories are all skewed angles and acrobatic language. Her characters, hungry for the authentic, don’t necessarily find it where we’d think to look. The character who says she’s ‘naked as a lark’ pretty much illustrates DeBrincat’s unpredictable style: candid, original – a lark! – and rich with anti-sentimental feeling.”
– Rosellen Brown, author of Tender Mercies and Half a Heart
“With evocative prose and comic precision, Tracy DeBrincat mines the rich interior worlds of her characters, primarily girls and women. She is a writer with a unique voice and vision, and her stories unfold in surprising ways. Read her collection and take the journey—one filled with twists and turns, empathy, and ultimately, grace.”
– Mary Otis, author of Yes, Yes, Cherries
“Vivid, sensuous, supremely imaginative—these compelling stories chart the landscapes of the disenfranchised, the idiosyncrasies of families and found families, the love that grows from the shimmer of asphalt on a highway at 3 am. In prose that is both surprisingly lush and gritty, DeBrincat leads us into the adventures of her quirky, fascinating characters chock full of hilarity and heartbreak. This is a remarkably powerful debut voice on the fiction scene.”
– Cathy Colman, author of Borrowed Dress and Beauty’s Tattoo
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