Book of the Week: The Rest is Weight by Jennifer Mills
Jennifer Mills’s highly praised The Rest is Weight is our new Book of the Week.
Award-winning author Jennifer Mills (Gone, The Diamond Anchor) is an exciting voice in contemporary Australian literature and the short stories in her new book, The Rest is Weight, are a pleasure to read.
A girl searches for her lost grandmother while her parents quarrel at home. A young architect finds herself entangled by a strange commission. A man contemplates inertia after toxic fallout changes life in a remote Australian town. A woman imagines a mother’s love for her autistic son.
These stories are poetic and evocative; many read almost like prose poems or vignettes. Jessica Au says in her recent review, ‘Her background as a poet … comes through strongly. There’s a precision and coolness to the words, as well as a palette of moods and tones, that go towards creating beautifully varied worlds.’
We were excited to read of Mills’s recent appointment as the new fiction editor of Overland and are looking forward to seeing how her influence might spread.
Read the first three stories here.
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The Diamond Anchor
Some secrets take a lifetime to tell. An unexpected letter from her childhood friend Grace forces May to relive their extraordinary past and confront the events that drove them apart fifty years earlier.
A young man is released from prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a train out of town, then hitchhikes west. He hasn't been home for 15 years. Out of the past, as memories surface, something is coming that will...
The Rest is Weight
The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills' years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in...