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The Dark Wet

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The Dark Wet is Jess Huon’s first collection of short stories. Its three sequences explore the intense relationships between childhood friends, and later their spiritual companions, through the experience of sex, drugs, artistic expression and religious belief. The first sequence centres on Jed Harp’s aching but undeclared love for his friend Daniel Hess; the second, on ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published 2011 by Giramondo
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Nov 18, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
The Dark Wet has three story strands of interlinked short stories. Its characters are young, often teenaged, from outer suburbs of Melbourne. They regard themselves as outsiders, experiment with sex and sexuality, take drugs and drink heavily, negotiate art as a means of self-expression, and are desperate to leave, struggling to find themselves and their place in the world.

For me, Ground was the standout, with its main character, Jed, haunted by his friend Danny and drifting between a blokey, de
Jan 08, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is both deeply felt and thoughtfully articulated. Huon possesses a distinctive and emotionally honest voice (a rare feat these days and reminiscent of Karl Ove Knausgaard's brilliant 'my struggle' books, though with a more feminine sensuality) which I look forward to reading more of in the future. Her characters explore their own humanity and the relationships which emerge are complex, poetic and intimate. I can't wait for the next one!
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Jul 02, 2012 Sophie Shanahan rated it did not like it
The title promised so much, the book delivered so little. The author was out of touch with her characters and her readers. Ignorant racism abounds. And on top of everything I spent my time editing as I read.
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