Difficult Women

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Grove Press, 2017 - Fiction - 260 pages
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Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene withAn Untamed State and theNew York Times bestselling essay collectionBad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns withDifficult 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 elder sister's marriage. 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.

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User Review  - MickyFine - LibraryThing

Roxane Gay's collection of short stories is challenging reading and yet no matter the darkness or bleakness of some of the stories each one is utterly compelling. While there are a few tales that are ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Every woman in this collection is Sasha Fierce. Every sexual encounter involves forceful domineering by both parties. Every story is hard and brutal with nary a trace of tenderness. Many are set in ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; Ayiti, a multi-genre collection; and the memoir Hunger, forthcoming from Harper. She is at work on a memoir, Hunger, and a comic book in Marvel's Black Panther series. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney's, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, the New York Times, the Guardian, Bookforum, Time, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles.

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