Cloud Bristle

by Carrie Chang



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/05/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781524590215
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781524590208
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781524590222

About the Book

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, Cloud Bristle is a cacophony of voices strung together like jetsam pearls glimmering in a set of fake teeth. Linda, Lucy, Lucinda, and Dorrie are four women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Caught in the thrum of the moment in the paranoia-hungry monastery of Chinatown, they share their “herstory” of escapades and concomitant joy. Each tells her individual story in the Society of Fire of Light, designed to filter out an existential angst-ridden world filled with sexual boredom and brutality. As virtual nobodies wrapped in delicious anonymity, they seek refuge in the precepts of muted desire and the Tao sheds light on their predicament as specimens of the second sex. Lucinda lusts after another woman’s flower, only to find that she’s gained a universal creed of self-possession, transcending jealousy for absurd aesthetics. Linda taps into the wellspring of the comical gods, tuning into “Yabba dabba doo” at will, chasing the evil spirits away. In this darkly woven comedy rapt with poison pen and raucous threads of scintillating beauty, the female voice is scattered like pollen throughout the text at intervals with a magnificent joy in the tradition of the talk story. Coloratura turning into brazen operatic feats of bravura leaves the reader dying for more oxygen in this illuminated text of desire. Cloud Bristle floats out the door into the square of the city, where dazzling words find their aegis under the accordion sun.

About the Author

Carrie Chang was born in 1970 in Syracuse, New York. She attended Stanford University, UC-Berkeley and New York University, obtaining her BA and MJ and MFA in English and journalism and creative writing. She has published her own national ethnic magazine, Monolid, and worked as an Asian American journalist in the arts/political field for more than eight years. Her favorite pastimes include yoga, poetry, and painting.