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Jolley Prize 2014 (Winner): 'Aokigahara' by Jennifer Down

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September 2014, no. 364

Jolley Prize 2014 (Winner): 'Aokigahara' by Jennifer Down

Reviewed by
September 2014, no. 364

I phoned my father when I arrived.

He said ‘Your mum’s just round at Aunty El’s’ in such a way that I knew she wasn’t; that she’d left the room with her hand to her mouth when he’d first said hullo, love, and I felt so sorry for us all.

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Comments (2)

  • Jennifer Down, your writing style is incredible, there's a raw vulnerability to it . Each sentence holds a deliberate weight and the story you've conjured is frighteningly beautiful. The characters felt scarily real and present. I was invested from beginning to end. Congratulations on your big win, I'm so happy to have stumbled across this! - Best wishes to you and your future fiction works to come :)
    Posted by Jaye Bowden
    Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:54
  • Ms. Down, I have just read your winning entry. I'm a nonfiction writer, but I enjoy reading both fiction and non. It helps me as a writer to taste all manner of writing.

    I am in awe of your story, and your technique. Thank you for submitting this work. I am better for having read it.
    Posted by David W. Jones
    Friday, 06 March 2015 09:19