Dena Hunt is from Georgia. Her first novel, Treason (Sophia Institute Press), won the IPPY Gold Medal. Her second, The Lion’s Heart (Full Quiver Press), won the Catholic Arts and Letters Achievement award. She is the book review editor of St. Austin Review. Jazz & Other Stories is her third book.
Praise for Jazz & Other Stories
Ever since reading her gripping historical novel, Treason, I have been hungering for more from Dena Hunt's gifted pen. This new collection of her stories has exceeded my highest expectations. Animated by the Christ-haunted spirit of Miss Hunt's native South, Jazz and Other Stories is first-rate fiction from a storyteller who plumbs the depths of the human condition. Simply splendid.
—Joseph Pearce, author of Race with the Devil, Tolkien: Man and Myth, Catholic Literary Giants, and many more
Dena Hunt is a ventriloquist who knows the voices of serpents and doves.
—Kenneth Colston, regular contributor to The New Criterion; LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; First Things; New Oxford Review
Dena Hunt demonstrates an impressive aesthetic range in this collection, from the Walker Percy-inspired novella Jazz to the more haunting and immediately arresting short stories akin to Flannery O’Connor meeting John Updike. Indeed, the force of Hunt’s post-Jamesian psychological realism marks her as a worthy inheritor of Caroline Gordon’s mantle, that underrated novelist whose immaculately rendered sentences drew readers into the irrupting worlds of the divine and the fallen. And constantly flickering at the edges of Hunt’s vision is wisdom incarnate—and the fear that we might be seized by that very love.
—Stephen Mirarchi, Associate Professor of English, Benedictine College; Editor of Myles Connolly's annotated works