An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State

January 2015

Roxane Gay

           

A stunning achievement: a compelling, unflinching, deeply moving and unmissable novel.

Mirielle Duval Jameson’s fairy tale life is shattered when, during a visit to Haiti with her American husband and their child, she is kidnapped. Her father, a self-made millionaire, refuses to pay the ransom; and so Mirielle's captors take their revenge - pushing her beyond what she previously thought possible to endure.

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 wilful 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.

‘I read An Untamed State in one sitting – I realize that it's absolutely cliche to say "I couldn't put it down" but from the other reviews I've seen of the book, I can see that I'm not alone in that sentiment. – Guardian

‘Roxane Gay’s riveting debut, An Untamed State, captivates from its opening sentence and doesn’t let go . . . So let this be the year of Roxane Gay: You’ll tear through An Untamed State, but ponder it for long after’ Time Magazine

About the author: Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, American Short Fiction, the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal , and many others including her Tumblr, roxanegay.tumblr.com. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for the Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She tweets at @rgay.

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