New New Zealand Writing – Elizabeth Catton

The Outing is just a brief story, no more than 1500 words, but it is a fun read with a dark and sharp humor. The story, in its briefness, naturally leaves much unsaid, but that briefness is just enough to lead the reader into the richest of questions, those that expand the story and are the logical outgrowth of well drawn characters. In the story, one of the characters takes great pride in telling pedophilia jokes. You don’t know much more about the character and as I put the story down I thought, what does this say about the character? It is that kind of opened question that makes the story more than just a series of jokes.