Author Johanna DeBiase, of Taos, N. M., makes a stop at Village Books, 1200 11th St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23. “Mama & the Hungry Hole” is number four in her Wordcraft Series of Fabulist Novellas, wordcraftoforegon.com.
Fabulist fiction is loosely defined as literary non-realistic narrative, which includes but is not limited to magic realism, slipstream, literary science-fiction or fantasy, fairy tales, and surrealism.
In “Mama & the Hungry Hole,” the lines that divide memories from dreams blur when viewed from the perspective of two young girls and an apple tree. Mama suffers from depression and steals her daughter away to a village in the isolated mountains of northern New Mexico, where she struggles with her inability to understand the local culture despite her love for the area.
Julia, her neglected 4-year-old daughter, befriends a tree that has been around longer than anyone and has witnessed the village change from thriving ranching community to hippie commune to bedroom community.
A traveling circus family with local roots moves in next door and it seems like everything will change for the better, until a mysterious black hole opens up in their backyard.