January 3, 2017

Difficult Women

"There are things you do not know about me. These things are not inconsequential." ~ 89%

Women are beautiful strong humans. In Roxane Gay's new release, Difficult Women, there are stories that focus on women from all walks of life and circumstance. Some are privileged; some are of poverty. Some are leaders; some are better as followers. Some are smarter than they let on while others conform easily. Some are sad and others just ignore the pain. Some live in glass houses while others live in shadows. But one common fact is apparent: women are molded by their experiences.
If you are familiar with Roxane Gay's writing from her previous book An Untamed State and essay collection Bad Feminist, then you know the good quality you'll get from reading her work. You'll also understand how challenging it is to describe her books without completely giving away the story. So trust me; Difficult Women is no exception.

A title means everything. It is my very first impression of a book. Sometimes it catches my attention and sometimes I skim over it on a bookshelf because of the title. For authors that I trust and will read whatever new work published, titles give me a hint of the book's content. Difficult Women is a title that is straight-forward. I assume it is about women that are difficult to get along with or full of drama. But as I read the stories, I never came across any difficult women. It was more women in difficult situations or women with difficulties. But the women themselves were not difficult, if that makes sense. Nonetheless, I am here to tell bookhearts do not get discouraged or bypass this book just because of its title. There is a story—or two or three or five—that you are sure to relate to. But there are also a couple stories that threw me way off and didn't seem to belong. They didn't quite carry the same voice of the author.

Roxane Gay is and remains one of the realest writers out here. Her tweets are entertaining and thought-provoking. Her books always leave a lasting impression. Roxane Gay has a way with words! This new collection of stories show her talent and vision of modern women.

So Happy Pub Day! Difficult Women is available as of today. Oh, and take a moment to admire the book cover!

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Difficult Women
Author: Roxane Gay
Published: January 2016
Pages: 272
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book About an Interesting Woman
Rating: ♥♥♥♡


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