The Resource Difficult women, Roxane Gay

Difficult women, Roxane Gay

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Difficult women
Title
Difficult women
Statement of responsibility
Roxane Gay
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
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Award
BCALA Literary Award for Fiction, 2018.
Review
  • As the title of her new collection suggests, essayist (Bad Feminist, 2014) and novelist (An Untamed State, 2014) Gay tells intimate, deep, wry tales of jaggedly dimensional women. Gay sets her stories, which have all appeared previously in a variety of publications, in many corners of the U.S., with Upper Michigan the most frequent locale. In the brilliant “North Country,” a woman wonders if she can survive the frigid bleakness for the two years her postdoctoral fellowship requires, and in “Bone Density,” a writer turns a blind eye to her respected husband’s many affairs while meeting her own lover in a cabin in the woods. Some stories approach fantasy, as in “Requiem for a Glass Heart,” when a man called only “the stone thrower” loves a woman made entirely of glass, and in “Noble Things,” in which a couple must choose sides for the sake of their son after the second Civil War and the secession of the American South. Be they writer, scientist, or stripper, Gay’s women suffer grave abuses, mourn unfathomable losses, love hard, and work harder. -- Bostrom, Annie (Reviewed 11/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 5, p25)
  • Gay (Bad Feminist) pens a powerful collection of short stories about difficult, troubled, headstrong, and unconventional women. “I Will Follow You” tracks the bond of two adult sisters who refuse to live in fear after being kidnapped and assaulted as young girls. In “The Mark of Cain,” a wife pretends not to know that her abusive husband has swapped places with his kinder identical twin, who doesn’t beat her. The darkly humorous title story outlines the traits of different types of “difficult women” in flash-style vignettes. A jilted woman recovering from delivering a stillborn child finds love far from her home and past in “North Country.” And in “Break All the Way Down,” a couple learns to overcome their guilt and grief over the death of their son when they are handed a new child by a mother who can’t care for her. Whether focusing on assault survivors, single mothers, or women who drown their guilt in wine and bad boyfriends, Gay’s fantastic collection is challenging, quirky, and memorable. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/24/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 43, p)
  • A collection of stories unified in theme—the struggles of women claiming independence for themselves—but wide-ranging in conception and form.The women who populate this collection from the novelist and essayist Gay (Bad Feminist, 2014, etc.) are targets for aggressions both micro and macro, from the black scholar in "North Country" who receives constant unwelcome advances and questions of "Are you from Detroit?" to the sisters brutally held in captivity while teenagers in the bracing and subtle "I Will Follow You." Gay savvily navigates the ways circumstances of gender and class alter the abuses: "Florida" is a cross-section of the women in a wealthy development, from the aimless, neglected white housewives to the Latina fitness trainer who's misunderstood by them. The men in these stories sometimes come across as caricatures, archetypal violent misogynist-bigots like the wealthy white man playing dress-up with hip-hop culture and stalking the student/stripper in "La Negra Blanca." But again, Gay isn't given to uniform indictments: "Bad Priest" is a surprisingly tender story about a priest and the woman he has an affair with, and "Break All the Way Down" is a nuanced study of a woman's urge for pain in a relationship after the loss of her son. Gay writes in a consistently simple style, but like a longtime bar-band leader, she can do a lot with it: repeating the title phrase in "I Am a Knife" evokes the narrator's sustained experience with violence, and the title story satirizes snap judgments of women as "loose," "frigid," and "crazy" with plainspoken detail. When she applies that style to more allegorical or speculative tales, though, the stories stumble: "Requiem for a Glass Heart" is an overworked metaphorical study of fragility in relationships; "The Sacrifice of Darkness" is ersatz science fiction about the sun's disappearance; "Noble Things" provocatively imagines a second Civil War but without enough space to effectively explore it. Not every story works, but Gay is an admirable risk-taker in her exploration of women's lives and new ways to tell their stories.(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2016)
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10547879
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Gay, Roxane
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
  • FICTION / Literary
  • Women
  • Short stories, American
  • Women
Label
Difficult women, Roxane Gay
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • How
  • Requiem for a glass heart
  • In the event of my father's death
  • Break all the way down
  • Bad priest
  • Open marriage
  • A pat
  • Best features
  • Bone density
  • I am a knife
  • I will follow you
  • The sacrifice of darkness
  • Noble things
  • Strange gods
  • Water, all its weight
  • The mark of Cain
  • Difficult women
  • FLORIDA
  • La negra blanca
  • Baby arm
  • North country
Control code
1716258
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780802125392
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016030262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026744339
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802125392
  • (OCoLC)957223201
Label
Difficult women, Roxane Gay
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • How
  • Requiem for a glass heart
  • In the event of my father's death
  • Break all the way down
  • Bad priest
  • Open marriage
  • A pat
  • Best features
  • Bone density
  • I am a knife
  • I will follow you
  • The sacrifice of darkness
  • Noble things
  • Strange gods
  • Water, all its weight
  • The mark of Cain
  • Difficult women
  • FLORIDA
  • La negra blanca
  • Baby arm
  • North country
Control code
1716258
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
260 pages
Isbn
9780802125392
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016030262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026744339
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802125392
  • (OCoLC)957223201

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