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Author:
Roxane Gay
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978-0802122513
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0802122515
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Grove Press, Black Cat; 1St Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
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Roxane Gay’s riveting debut, An Untamed State, captivates from its opening sentence and doesn’t let g. An Untamed State is the kind of book you have to keep putting down because you can’t believe how good it is. Awesome, powerful, impossible to ignore, Roxane Gay is a literary. .Let this be the year of Roxane Gay: you’ll tear through An Untamed State, but ponder it for long after. its complex and fragile moral arrived at through great pain and high cost. Awesome, powerful, impossible to ignore, Roxane Gay is a literary force of nature. An Untamed State arrives like a hurricane. Mat Johnson, author of Pym.

An Untamed State book. Roxane Gay tells the story of one families An Untamed State is an extremely hard, brutal, and fierce read. Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. It took me inside the horrible kidnappings going on inside Haiti daily. The extreme discrepancy between rich and poor in Haiti is astounding. While America is not a third world country, it forced me to think of growing disparities in my own country.

An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent. From the astonishing first line to the final scene, An Untamed State is magical and dangerous. I could not put it down. Pay attention to Roxane Gay; she's here to stay. Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta better scribes, among them Edwidge Danticat, Franketienne, Madison Smartt Bell, Lyonel Trouillot, and Marie Vieux Chavet, have produced some of the best literature in the world. Kyle Minor, author of In the.

In 2014, Gay published her debut novel, An Untamed State, which centers around Mireille Duval Jameson, a Haitian-American woman .

In 2014, Gay published her debut novel, An Untamed State, which centers around Mireille Duval Jameson, a Haitian-American woman who is kidnapped for ransom. The novel explores the interconnected themes of race, privilege, sexual violence, family, and the immigrant experience. An Untamed State is often referred to as a fairy tale because of its structure and style, especially in reference to the opening sentence, "Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with

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Roxane Gay’s striking debut novel, An Untamed State, is a fairy tale in this vein, its complex and fragile moral arrived at through . After Mireille’s captors release her, the book follows her attempts to piece herself back together.

Roxane Gay’s striking debut novel, An Untamed State, is a fairy tale in this vein, its complex and fragile moral arrived at through great pain and high cost. An assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, Gay is also the author of a collection, Ayiti, and a frequent contributor to Salon and The Rumpus. She reveals her literary intent in her first sentence, which begins: Once upon a time, in a far-off land. The near-perfect recall that once let her pull up detailed memories of eating fresh sugarcane and Haitian fudge now works against her.

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Roxane Gay doesn’t make it easy to recommend her riveting first novel. Set in modern-day Haiti, An Untamed State is the story of an American lawyer who’s kidnapped while visiting her rich parents in Port-au-Prince. For more than 200 pages, she’s beaten, burned, sliced and gang-raped. Owing to the power of Gay’s prose, the immediacy of the narrator’s voice and the graphic nature of this ordeal, it’s some of the most emotionally exhausting material I’ve ever read. I have serious reservations about the over-representation of violence.

But nothing could have prepared me for An Untamed State, the breathtaking debut novel by Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay. The plot of this tightly wound psychological thriller is deceptively simple. The plot of this tightly wound psychological thriller is deceptively simple, centring not on a woman’s flight from Haiti, but a native daughter’s return to a country that has too frequently been viewed solely through the lens of political turmoil and poverty. To be sure, that Haiti exists in this book too, but usually it’s kept safely on the other side of the razor-topped walls that surround a wealthy seaside compound in Port-au-Prince, a palace fit for a self‑made king.

“Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. An Untamed State is a novel of hope intermingled with fear, a book about possibilities mixed with horror and despair. It is written at a pace that will match your racing heart, and while you find yourself shocked, amazed, devastated, you also dare to hope for the best, for all involved.”—Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Dew BreakerRoxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent. “From the astonishing first line to the final scene, An Untamed State is magical and dangerous. I could not put it down. Pay attention to Roxane Gay; she's here to stay.”—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta“[Haiti’s] better scribes, among them Edwidge Danticat, Franketienne, Madison Smartt Bell, Lyonel Trouillot, and Marie Vieux Chavet, have produced some of the best literature in the world. . . . Add to their ranks Roxane Gay, a bright and shining star.”—Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil’s Territory, on Ayiti
  • For much of the first half of the novel, the descriptions of the attack on the protagonist were excessive. While such horrors indeed happen in real life, no thanks to people with twisted thoughts, the nonstop rape went past uncomfortable to what felt like a forced observation of how many different ways to violate an individual. As a result, the protagonist felt like a plot device. I understood the depiction of the first act of violence, but prolonged "showing" instead of "telling" made continuing to read the story become a duty.

    The second half of the novel focused on recovery. But I couldn't understand why the protagonist went to her inlaws' home. That required time and distance and it was done on a whim. Her husband became a plot device thereafter and the other person she trusted most, her sister, was reduced to only a mention. Aside from part of the story alluding to her helping her mother inlaw during a trying time, I never got the feeling that the inlaws were welcoming, let alone individuals where the protagonist felt safe. Things panned out, though.

    Had the novel been written completely as a poetry piece, I could have gotten the constant mention of, "I am broken," in well placed sections of the writing. I imagine it was to drive home how utterly defeated the protagonist felt. What I could have grasped more as a verbose statement in prose would have been, "I was betrayed." The one person who she thought highly of placed her second to money. The betrayal and "left behind" aspects were what I found most hurtful. It's also why the final interaction with her parents felt like a "To Do" task that still had no closure.

    I will have to read some of the author's non-fiction works. This work of fiction was a difficult read.

  • The best way to describe Roxane Gay’s debut novel is harrowing. It picks right up and it never lets up, never lets you go.

    While visiting her wealthy parents in Haiti with her American husband and newborn son, Miri is kidnapped in broad daylight by a group of young men. It is understood that they will hold her hostage until her father pays them the sum that they demand. Miri and her family are familiar with these scenarios: it should be relatively simple.

    It’s not simple. When her father stubbornly refuses to pay up, Miri is forced to endure 12 endless days of unrelenting brutality that will leave her forever changed.

    As compelling as Gay’s prose is, I’ll admit that it took me some time to really feel fully engaged with Miri. The events unfold so rapidly at first, doing a lot of telling rather than showing. Miri, her husband and her parents act in ways that are frustrating and sometimes infuriating.

    It’s the flashbacks to Miri’s life before that really pull everything together: painting a full picture of who she is and how wonderful her life once was while providing a jarring and devastating juxtaposition to the present.

    This book got better for me as it went on, building to a beautiful and powerful second half. Stories often end once someone is rescued, a mercy to those of us reading or watching: finally we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. But Gay’s novel takes us through the after—and somehow, bafflingly, it’s even more devastating than what preceded it.

    It’s bold to write a book like this that refuses to offer any catharsis. This one will stick with me for a long time.

  • Roxanne Gay takes a hard, unsparing look at race, privilege, violence against women, and how one woman survives the horror of an abduction. Mireille is Haitian, a daughter not of poverty but of wealth and a sheltered life. She admits that she has a fairytale life. That is, until visiting Haiti from their home in Miami, she is abducted by a group of men to gain ransom from her father. At first, she believes that such kidnapping as business transactions and that no serious harm will come to her. That her father would pay the ransom and she would be returned home. But, that belief is soon crushed and the level of cruelty and violence of her captors escalates, and her mental, emotional and physical state deteriorates.

    The novel is intense and almost exhausting to read - from the impressive opening lines to the closing incident that reminds the narrator that healing from such a life destroying traumatic event is fraught with setbacks and moments that can send her right back to survival mode. While I often read more than one book at a time, I found that I almost had to pick something else up to get a break from the unrelenting nature of the novel, to have the space to process and then return again.

    The title echoes the nature of the violence, poverty, and corruption of Haiti as well as the mental and emotional state of the narrator throughout the novel. Despite the presentation of poverty setting the dynamic that leads to kidnappings, the perpetrators are not excused, not drawn as sympathetic. That they do not distinguish between the privileged of Haiti whose wealth is from corruption and those who earned their life through hard work argues that the kidnappers talk of the injustice of their world, but are nothing more than opportunistic thugs that use violence and power to gain money and are just as corrupt and immoral as those they rail against.

    Between the harrowing moments of the kidnapping, we learn the story of Mireille, her family, and her love and marriage to Michael, a Nebraskan farm boy -- Mireille's family calls him Mr. America. This provides the before and after of Mireille's life, the person she was, and the person she was forced to be to survive. The format gives the reader space to breath, to digest, to recover from the relentless destruction of a woman.

    The novel does not end with her release. The reader follows the days and weeks, the months, and eventually years of Mireille's journey to be whole, to find who she is, to find not just a reason to live, but life worth living. Mireille's climb from the place where she cannot remember her own name or those she once loved because it was easier to survive as 'no one' to place where she feels safe and loved is as brutal a journey as her captivity.

    Interestingly, it is not the husband, or her own family that serve as her anchor, but her mother-in-law, Lorraine. Through Mireille's memories, she is portrayed as the negatives of the stereotype of the midwestern farm-wife. All is not as it seems in this novel, nothing is simple, none of the questions it poises have easy answers.

    Gay's writing isn't lyrical, the novel, not perfect, but both are powerful.