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When you first read about The Dark Dark the inventive concepts draw you in. A woman who cheats on her husband after she turns into a deer? Sounds funky. You think to yourself, and that's what gets you in the door. All of these stories are so inventive and radically interesting that it is really hard not to at least give this book a shot.
What keeps you listening is Hunt's incredible sense of aesthetic. In many ways, as weird as these stories are, they are all about the same thing. A woman struggling with her many internal identities, motherhood, womanhood, and wrestling with herself and her relationships in general. That's I think the the emotion of this book, and it hits you on a real level.
Even though each story has different characters, different situations, they all seem to magically tie together. And though at times Hunt toys with magical realism, which is a dangerous thing to toy with, her thoughts never dive too far into the absurd as to loose their relevance in the real world of human thought.
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