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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2017 Roxane Gay. Produced by arrangement with Grove Atlantic (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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By Anna H on 07-31-17

Solid good writing, but not a great collection

Roxane Gay obviously has an excellent command of prose/storytelling, but as a short story collection, for me this fell short -- largely because so many of the stories and voices felt so similar (unhappy heterosexual marriages; women being hurt by men). I came into this collection with pretty high expectations -- with a name like "Difficult Women" I guess I was hoping for some badass female characters & more queer representation. The many scenes of rape/abuse are pretty hard to listen to (**trigger warning**) though I do understand that that's coming from Gay's lived experiences, and it's totally valid for her to incorporate those into fiction. Overall, 3/5. Audio quality & reading on this was fine.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-21-17

So Amazing!

The last short story was so intense, for me, that it took me 3 days to finish listening. Amazing writing, great narrator.

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