Jennifer Mills writes fiction and poetry. Her work appears regularly in publications including New Matilda. She writes zines and comics under the name of jenjen, and maintains an author website at http://www.jenjen.com.au.
'Endorsed by Cate Kennedy, this is an eagerly awaited first story collection from an acclaimed young writer.
'The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills’ years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in style.
'In 'The wind and other children', a girl searches for her lost grandmother while her parents quarrel at home; in 'Extra time', a man contemplates inertia after toxic contamination changes life in a remote Australian town; a woman imagines a mother’s love for her autistic son in 'The air you need'; and in 'Hello, Satan', a boy awaits his destiny at a roundabout at midnight, on the edge of a small town.
'In exploring the human, Jennifer Mills deftly weaves themes of longing, alienation, delusion, resilience, and love. Sometimes dreamy and hypnotic, sometimes comic and wry, these stories leave their mark. Collected or on their own, Mills’ fiction is both a joy and a wonder to read.' (Publication summary)
'A young man is released from a Sydney prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a southbound train out of town then hitchhikes west. He hasn't been home for fifteen years.
For days Frank rides the highway through an unforgiving landscape, surviving on what he finds and the kindness of strangers. As he edges closer to a home he struggles to remember, his boyhood looms. Out of the past, something is coming that will tear through his fragile hold. Chilling, haunting, suspenseful, Gone is a journey into one man's splintered world.' Source: Back cover