by Brodie, September 27, 2006 12:50 PM
One review of Hunt's previous novel, Indiana, Indiana, claimed the book could stand some more risk-taking. In The Exquisite, Hunt seems to have taken that to heart. It is an unnerving and slightly spooky tale set in post-9/11 New York. Henry is the narrator of the story, though he seems to be telling two stories, one on top of the other ? or maybe one is a memory, the other taking place in the present. Hunt leaves that aspect vague, enticing me in by the weirdness in both stories. I found Henry's narrative funny but sad, and wondered why he was being drawn to these people who had the capability of hurting him. Hunt has written a compellingly odd novel, definitely worth reading.