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Editorial Reviews

"Gay brings the powerful voice that flows through her work as a novelist and cultural critic to the 21 short stories in her first collection...Gay's 'difficult women' are unforgettable." (BBC.com)
"Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mesmerizingly unusual and simply unforgettable." ( Harper's Bazaar)
"Phenomenally powerful and beautifully written." ( The Guardian)

Publisher's Summary

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 neighbours conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.

©2017 Roxane Gay (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Gay brings the powerful voice that flows through her work as a novelist and cultural critic to the 21 short stories in her first collection...Gay's 'difficult women' are unforgettable." (BBC.com)
"Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mesmerizingly unusual and simply unforgettable." ( Harper's Bazaar)
"Phenomenally powerful and beautifully written." ( The Guardian)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-2020

awful narrator

couldn't finish with the audio book as I couldn't cope with the awful narrator .

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  • 21-07-2019

Raw, real, fascinating, beautifully written

Some of the stories are hard, the kind that gets under your skin, makes you suffer. But they are so well written, so raw and real, that it is hard to stop listening. Highly recommended.

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