Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Book Review | Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

Title: Difficult Women
Author: Roxanne Gay
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Page Amount: 272 pages, Kindle edition

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GoodReads Blurb:

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State—which earned rave reviews and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe, and Kirkus—and her New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.


This was the April book of the month for the book online book club that I'm in. I listened to the audio of this one. It's a collection of stories. Honestly. I find the title a little bit misleading. I almost feel like it should be called Damaged Women instead. Even so, there were some very good stories in this collection. There were some very affecting stories in this book. I thought that in general it was written quite well. 

These were my favorites:
I Will Follow You
North Country
Requiem For a Heart

These three affected me the most. But Requiem For a Heart is the one that stands out most in my mind. It was very metaphorical. I loved that about it. It was like a modern day fairy tale. A magical, whimsical tale. I loved this one. I would read this one again for sure. I would also definitely read more Roxanne Gay. I think I give this one 3.5 quills.


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