Jess Huon: The Dark Wet

Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is an editorial assistant living in Sydney. Her writing has appeared in Eve’s Harvest, Kill Your Darlings

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The virtues of largeness

Elena Gomez

 

The Dark Wet
by Jess Huon
Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 232 pp, 9781920882679

 

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 ‘sequences’, these nine stories cover much ground, not only geographically – they span from Melbourne to San Francisco to Varanasi, India – but thematically, too, exploring the confusion of falling in love with a best friend, the fuzziness at the edges of gender, the fluidity of religion or faith.

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