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The Dark Dark: Stories
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A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Review of Books, The National Post, Electric Literature, Kirkus
"Wields such a subtle and alien power . . . Wonderfully spooky." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"A feminist manifesto threaded through imaginative fiction; it's the most evocative, impressive collection I've read this year." —Daniel Johnson, The Paris Review
From the acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt's first collection of stories, The Dark Dark, blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more
Step into The Dark Dark, where an award-winning, acclaimed novelist debuts her first collection of short stories and conjures entire universes in just a few pages—conjures, splits in half, mines for humor, destroys with absurdity, and regenerates. In prose that sparkles and haunts, Samantha Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. Each of these ten haunting, inventive tales brings us to the brink—of creation, mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion, and every kind of love.
Laced with lyricism, hope, Hunt's characteristic sly wit, and her unflinching gaze into the ordinary horrors of human existence, The Dark Dark celebrates the mysteries and connections that swirl around us. It's never all the same, Hunt tells us. It changes a tiny bit every time. See for yourself.

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A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Review of Books, The National Post, Electric Literature, Kirkus
"Wields such a subtle and alien power . . . Wonderfully spooky." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"A feminist manifesto threaded through imaginative fiction; it's the most evocative, impressive collection I've read this year." —Daniel Johnson, The Paris Review
From the acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt's first collection of stories, The Dark Dark, blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more
Step into The Dark Dark, where an award-winning, acclaimed novelist debuts her first collection of short stories and conjures entire universes in just a few pages—conjures, splits in half, mines for humor, destroys with absurdity, and regenerates. In prose that sparkles and haunts, Samantha Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. Each of these ten haunting, inventive tales brings us to the brink—of creation, mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion, and every kind of love.
Laced with lyricism, hope, Hunt's characteristic sly wit, and her unflinching gaze into the ordinary horrors of human existence, The Dark Dark celebrates the mysteries and connections that swirl around us. It's never all the same, Hunt tells us. It changes a tiny bit every time. See for yourself.

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        Winner of the 2019 St. Francis College Literary Prize
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        A Vogue Best Book We Read All Year
        A Huffington Post Best Fiction Book of 2017

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        "The Dark Dark . . . wields such a subtle and alien power that I couldn't read more than a couple of pieces in a sitting without feeling like some witchy substance was working its way through my blood . . . Wonderfully spooky."

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        Named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 in 2004 and a Bard Fiction Prize winner, Hunt entertained us most recently with last year's Mr. Splitfoot. The stories in her first collection verge on the magical. For instance, a young woman turns into a deer each night, inadvertently cheating on her husband.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from May 15, 2017
        In her first collection, Hunt (Mr. Splitfoot) explores various relationships between women and men; the dead and the undead (literally and metaphorically); and lust, longing, and loneliness in 10 stories designed to jolt and beguile. In “Cortés the Killer,” a brother and sister witness the gruesome death of their horse during a Thanksgiving outing to Walmart. It sparks questions about their father’s death from lung cancer. In “Love Machine,” an FBI agent falls in love with the robot he designed to take out Ted Kaczynski. An extramarital tryst between two strangers opens a loophole and brings a seemingly dead dog back to life in “The Yellow.” In “Wampum,” a mother’s ex-boyfriend seduces her precocious 14-year-old daughter, or is it the other way around? In “A Love Story”—one of the fiercest and funniest in the bunch—a pot dealer turned aspiring writer vents her frustrations with married sex life (or lack thereof), complains about raising children in the age of helicopter parenting (her critiques are witty and spot-on), and runs through the lives of women she’s encountered—her “own private Greek chorus”—in the dark before bed. She describes an uncle as being “so good at imagining things he makes the imagined things real.” This excellent, inventive collection does the same; it is rife with observant asides, sly humor, and surprises. Agent: PJ Mark, Janklow & Nesbit Associates.

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        Among the most striking of the stories in this strange and surprising collection from Bard Prize winner Hunt is the opener, "The Story of," about a woman named Norma, newly unemployed and longing to be pregnant, who encounters another Norma, dirty and homeless and possibly the recently discovered half-sister of her husband. The closing story, "The story of of" is another version of the opener, in which the original is repeated, expanded, and modified several more times to dizzying effect. Like the Normas, many of the characters in these pieces are teetering on the edge of sanity. In "The Beast," after discovering a couple of ticks on her body, a woman imagines she turns into a deer when she goes to bed each night. In "Love Machine," an FBI agent sits in an unmarked van watching his comely, potentially lethal female robot pay a call on the Unabomber. VERDICT Admirers of Hunt's Splitfoot will find much to love in the effortless writing, indelible images, and unforgettable stories in this collection. [See Prepub Alert, 1/18/17.]

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"Wields such a subtle and alien power . . . Wonderfully spooky." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"A feminist manifesto threaded through imaginative fiction; it's the most evocative, impressive collection I've read this year." —Daniel Johnson, The Paris Review
From the acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt's first collection of stories, The Dark Dark, blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more
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