Basic Book Information
Author: JD Scott
Title: Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day
Date of publication: April 14, 2020
Publisher name: &NOW Books
Price: $16.95 US
Number of pages: About 236 pages
Word Count: About 57,000 words
Categories: Literary Fiction, Short Stories, Magical Realism, LGBT
Story Locale: Florida, New York, The South
Distribution: Northwestern University Press
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- Goodbye to Arbitrary Genre Borders — This collection features a wide range of stories that move between literary fiction, psychological fiction, YA, fantasy, speculative lit, horror, fairy tales, Southern Gothic, and experimental prose poetry.
- Hello Fabulist Fiction—The stories in this collection recall the genre-bending works of Kelly Link, Manuel Gonzales, Aimee Bender, Toby Barlow, Helen Oyeyemi, & Julia Elliott.
- Beautiful, Purposeful Prose—Each story has an attention to language. Scott creates measured sentences that are lyrical and poetic.
- Queer Characters and Themes—Many of the stories contain LGBTQ+ characters and themes—perfect for Pride Month lists, articles, and author interviews.
- Florida’s Literary Renaissance –With the success of writers from (and books about) Florida, Scott’s work is in conversation with writers like Karen Russell, Kristen Arnett, Lauren Groff, Alissa Nutting, Laura van den Berg, and Jeff VanderMeer.
- The Winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize—The author won a prestigious prize that came with a residency to spend three weeks just north of Chicago to complete this short story collection. The prize also included a $10,000 honorarium, book publication, a public reading, and classroom visits at Lake Forest College.
- “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.” –Author Lydia Yuknavitch, on Scott’s writing, which she selected as the Plonsker Prize winner.
- Innovative writing — The Plonsker Prize highlights innovative work and Scott’s writing aesthetically experiments while making emotive inquiries into the human condition.
- Characters coming of age — Many stories feature young adults or characters going through major life changes, like gentle teenage Joshua, who is growing up inside a shopping mall and waiting for his life to begin. Inside these fictions are themes of solitude, loss, devastation—but beyond that—desire, wish-making, transformation and transcendence.
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.
Comp Titles & Authors
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
- Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons
- Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
- The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales
- Gutshot by Amelia Gray
- Florida by Lauren Groff
- The Wilds by Julia Elliott
About the Author
JD Scott is the author of the story collection Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day (&NOW Books, 2020) and the poetry collection Mask for Mask (New Rivers Press, 2021). Scott’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Best Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. Accolades include being awarded a Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices fellowship and being awarded residencies at the Millay Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Writers at the Eyrie.