Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day

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Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day
Winner of the 2018 Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch

The debut short story collection of JD Scott
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Publisher: &NOW Books (a Lake Forest College Press imprint)
Distributor: Northwestern University Press
Pages: 225 pages
ISBN13: 978-1-941423-05-9
ISBN10: 1-941423-05-1
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Book Description

The sly fabulism of JD Scott’s fiction casts its own peculiar spell upon the reader as it outlines a world unsettlingly similar to our own. Scott troubles the line between what is literary and genre, fairy tale and parable. In one story, a perfumer keeps his boyfriend close-at-hand by dosing him with precise measures of poison. In another, a comical domestic drama hinges upon the life and death of an ancient chinchilla. Scott pushes liminality with magical scrolls, a drowned twin returning from the sea, and a witty retelling of the Crucifixion where a gym bunny chops down a tree in the Garden of Eden—only to transform the wood into a cross for himself. This debut collection ends with an epic novella where a heroic teenager comes of age inside an otherworldly shopping mall that spans the entire globe. Visceral, dreamlike, and full of dazzling prose: Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day announces the arrival of a distinctive talent who challenges us to see our own endless possibilities—to find luminescence inside and beyond the shadows.


Blurbs

I was immediately smitten with the idea of the queer body as an epistemological site, as well as a real place where narrative meanings are generated and negated endlessly. The prose is breathtaking as it weaves its way through what appears to be real and then beyond, challenging what we mean by plot in the best ways. I am thrilled to imagine what innovations this writer can conjure.

—Lidia Yuknavitch, Plonsker Prize Judge

The stories contained in Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day are true bursts of light. JD Scott has curated a collection that takes all the wild magic of youth and love and transformed it into tender aches, beautiful little pains. The stories sit lodged in your chest and refuse to leave. Compulsively readable and immaculately written, Scott has honed their incredible craft into a book that readers will return to again and again. 

—Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

I didn’t read JD Scott’s vivid and visceral collection Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day as much as I absorbed it. Scales sloughed from my eyes. These richly saturated fictions flood the senses endlessly and everywhere. Look, there are new blues! See, there is a spectrum of ultra and infra delights! Not since Edmund White’s Nocturnes for the King of Naples have I felt so steeped, immersed, swaddled in liquid syntactical fictive maps, scaled to disorientated worlds of words more detailed than the things they represent. This light is all osmotic. These fictions, I see, make me see to see.

—Michael Martone, author of Brooding and The Moon Over Wapakoneta

This strikingly original collection is at once magical and achingly real, distinctive in its formal invention and its sly, inviting wit. Scott’s characters grapple with loss and desolation, but this is also a book about possibility and transformation. Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day marks the arrival of a major new talent.

—Dawn Raffel, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

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Table of Contents

  1. The Teenager
  2. Chinchilla
  3. The Hand That Sews
  4. Cross
  5. Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day
  6. Where Parallel Lines Come to Touch
  7. Night Things
  8. Their Sons Return Home to Die
  9. After the End Came the Mall, and the Mall was Everything
  10. Fordite Pendant