The Dark Wet
The Dark Wet
The Dark Wet is the first collection of short stories by Jess Huon. Richly lyrical and beautifully felt, it explores the struggle towards a potent sense of self and belonging, expressed in three sequences of stories: that of Jed Harp, his lover Danny Hess, and his poet sister Alexandra; of Bell and Oliver, a couple moving between Melbourne and San Francisco; and of a young woman confronting religion and sex in a Christian community in India. Drawing on a rich range of settings, from the lush and vast Top End of Australia, to the mountains of India, and vibrant urban centres, The Dark Wet is a brutally honest portrayal of lives grasping at fluidity and transgression, and the possibility of redemption and change.
by Emily Harms
The Dark Wet is Jess Huon’s first collection of short stories. Each story explores what it means to be human in this complex world and the various struggles people experience in remarkably different circumstances. The first of three self-contained stories follows a young artist called Jed who has an inexplicably strong yearning for his childhood friend, Danny Hess. The second story centres on the indefinable bond between Isabelle and Oliver. No doubt the third story draws on Jess’s personal experiences living and working in India. Here, she follows a young Australian woman to India from a Buddhist monastery to a Christian ashram.
Jess Huon is a beautiful writer with a unique turn of phrase. The Dark Wet traipses across the emotional landscapes of love, desire, sex and intimacy. It is well worth the wild, and joyous journey.
Emily Harms is Readings’ Marketing Manager, sits on the Committee of Management of La Mama and is a regular insomniac in her spare time.
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