Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt‘s debut novel, The Seas, won a National Book Foundation award for writers under thirty-five. She is also the author of Mr. SplitfootDark, Dark: Stories, and The Invention of Everything Else.  Hunt’s writing has been published in The New YorkerThe New York TimesMcSweeney’sA Public SpaceTin HouseCabinet, among others.


  • “One of the most distinctive and unforgettable voices I have read in years.”

    —Dave Eggers

  • “Creepy and poetic, subversive and strangely funny, [and] a phenomenal piece of literature.”

    —Michelle Tea

  • “Hunt’s spare narrative is as mysterious and lyrical as a mermaid’s song. The strands of her story are touched with magic, strange in the best possible way and very pleasurable to read.”

    —Andrea Barrett

  • “Urgently real and magically unreal . . . A breathy, wonderful holler of a novel, deeply lodged in the ocean’s merciless blue . . . [Hunt] sinks an anchor into the soul of its lost young protagonist.”

    The Village Voice

  • “An aqueous affair, flooded with water themes . . . Hunt’s writing is free of affectation and carries surprising conviction.”

    The New Yorker