Donna Miscolta’s new novel, When the de la Cruz Family Danced, will be available on June 28, and will also be available in the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference bookstore.
“During his one and only return visit to the Philippines, Johnny de la Cruz, plagued by a sense of isolation, succumbs to a quick sexual encounter with the attractive and beguiling Bunny. Years later, nineteen-year-old Winston Piña has barely finished eulogizing his recently deceased mother Bunny, when he finds a letter she wrote, but never sent to Johnny de la Cruz, leading him into the lives of the de la Cruz family–a family to which he might or might not belong. The novel explores the ties within family and how circumstances of birth, immigration, and assimilation tug at those ties.”
Donna Miscolta’s fiction has appeared in such magazines as Calyx; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; New Millennium Writings; Connecticut Review, and other journals. Her short-story collection Natalie Wood’s Fake Puerto Rican Accent was a finalist for the 2010 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. She has received literary awards from 4Culture, Artist Trust, the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook, and was recently awarded an NEA-sponsored residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She grew up in National City, California, and lives in Seattle.