Tequila Mockingbird

Carter Ratcliff’s Tequila Mockingbird is an urbane fairy tale crossed with a fast-paced, camp, social comedy told in the unforgettable voice of Manhattan fashion model Fiona Mays.  Sexy, loving, smart, and funny, Fiona is prey to “racing thoughts” that have a way of turning her flaws into virtues and her virtues into flaws.  It is from these reversals her story flows, as Fiona discovers that her supermodel best friend Brenda Rawlings is receiving death threats from Sergei Propokoff, the Russian oligarch she’s been dating.  The beautiful princess Brenda must be saved from Sergei the ogre and—the crucial point—this rescue is up to her and her alone. As Fiona tries to focus on her mission, Tequila Mockingbird takes us on a tour of Manhattan, with scenes set in the world of fashion, the art world, the clubs of Chelsea, the Lower East Side and a Brighton Beach mob nightclub, with continuous returns to the Upper East Side home of Brenda’s “stunning presence".

Carter Ratcliff

Carter Ratcliff is a poet who writes about art. A Contributing Editor of Art in America, Ratcliff has published art criticism in leading journals in the United States and Europe, as well as catalogs published by the Museum of Modern Art; El Museo del Barrio; the Guggenheim Museum; the Royal Academy, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and other institutions.

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