Difficult Women

Difficult Women

by Roxane Gay


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Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594839484
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 45,199
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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Difficult Women 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MichRobs More than 1 year ago
This book was difficult. I finished the book yesterday and needed a day to soak it all in before writing this. The stories are hard-hitting and real. They're just honest. Most made me angry. Angry about society, angry about men, and sometimes just plain angry. All-in-all this book really just broke me down. The stories didn't give you those perfect tied up ends and I liked that. Life does not give you perfect tied up ends and it certainly doesn't always make sense. There were times it was just a bit much for me though. There were times the stories seemed to make no sense. I mean, can someone please explain to me the meaning of the air machine story? In my personal taste, it was far from my favorite book. It's very dark and void of hope. It left me searching for meaning in the stories as a whole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved about 90% of the stories in this book. Definitely one of my favorites
Bookishjen2013 More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Roxane Gay when I first saw her speak at Boswell Book Company about her book, the part memoir/part assortment of essays, Bad Feminist. Bad Feminist blew me away so when I found her latest release, a collection of short stories called Difficult Women, I just knew I had to read it. I hoped Gay’s singular voice in writing non-fiction would translate into writing fiction. I am glad to say I am not disappointed. Gay is a writer who fully recognizes the complex lives of women’s truth, from the most of grand experiences to the tiny minutiae that make of their daily lives (and ours). Some live in impressive privilege and others dreary lives of poverty. To read a full review please visit The Book Self: https://thebookselfblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/book-review-bad-feminist-by-roxane-gay/