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In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

In the House in the Dark of the Woods

Laird Hunt

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Imprint: ONE
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781911590200
5 stars out of 5
Justine Jordan
24 Oct 2019

"a blunt, forceful poetry, entirely suited to a tale – and, in fairytale, a genre – that blends a catalogue of dangers with a celebration of female agency"

Biblical imagery combines with the sing-song rhythms of fairytale to build an incantatory prose out of mostly single-syllable words. The result is a blunt, forceful poetry, entirely suited to a tale – and, in fairytale, a genre – that blends a catalogue of dangers with a celebration of female agency... This is a singularly odd book, and yet it sits comfortably within Hunt’s oeuvre, picking up folkloric motifs from his recent more realist novels... Hunt’s America has always been a violence-soaked, myth-tinged, traumatised land: here it finds its most concentrated expression.

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