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

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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Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is a writer, editor and translator. Her work has been published in Overland, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC’s The Drum. Her novel Our Magic Hour was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and will be published by Text in 2016.

Published in September 2014 no. 364