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Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is an editorial assistant living in Sydney. Her writing has appeared in Eve’s Harvest, Kill Your Darlings and various nondescript corners of the internet.

Elena Gomez reviews 'Unaccountable Hours: Three novellas' by Stephen Scourfield

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
Solitude is a wonderful enabler of art, but as we learn from Stephen Scourfield’s stories, it can engulf us in the absence of external balancing forces and can become dangerous in the process. Each of the characters in Stephen Scourfield’s three novellas (a craftsman, a novelist, and a student of nature) is a solitary, with the possible exception of Bea, the septuagenarian companion of Matthew ... (read more)

Elena Gomez reviews 'The Dark Wet' by Jess Huon

December 2011–January 2012, no. 337 24 November 2011
The short story form is the realm of perfection, proclaims Steven Millhauser in his 2008 New York Times essay, ‘The Ambition of the Short Story’, in which the ‘virtues of smallness’ are dissected, along with the successes and shortcomings of the genre. Jess Huon’s first short story collection, The Dark Wet, could be described in many ways, but ‘small’ is not one of them. Across three ... (read more)

Elena Gomez reviews 'The Monsoon Bride' by Michelle Aung Thin

November 2011, no. 336 25 October 2011
The historical novel has always been characterised by a formative tension – the demands of history versus the demands of story. The author is caught between relegating the past to a prettified background, or the characters to merely personified social forces. Michelle Aung Thin’s début novel tends more towards the former than the latter, illustrating both the dangers and the pleasure to be fo ... (read more)