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Difficult Women

De : Roxane Gay
Lu par : Robin Miles
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    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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    • Anna H
    • 31/07/2017

    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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    • Chloe
    • 20/07/2017

    Devastatingly beautiful

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    This book is a must-listen for all women, and I hope that men and other genderfluid individuals read as well (especially men--it eloquently demonstrates through fiction many things that are too emotionally draining for us to tackle in our day-to-day lives). The stories are short and often devastatingly beautiful, and often depict parts of our feminine lives that are too emotionally difficult to share or explain. I was slightly hesitant to listen to this because Roxanne Gaye's "Bad Feminist" is more academic (and also fantastic, just not what I was looking for), but these short stories are illustrative fiction rather than essays. I was also somewhat surprised that many stories depict women in rural areas, which I appreciated as a rural woman myself. Perfect to listen too when feeling alone, misunderstood, or just introspective, and may leave you crying in catharsis. Thank you Roxanne Gaye for this amazing and raw collection of women's stories, struggles, and resilience.

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    • Belle Reads Nietszche
    • 03/02/2019

    Incredible collection of short stories...

    ...of emotionally unpretty, "difficult" women. Difficult, and not for the faint of heart, but stunning and powerful. My first foray into the writing of Roxane Gay and it will certainly not be the last. The audio format worked remarkably well but I found it best to listen to one story and then take a rest for a day or so so they did not all bleed together. My only complaint about the audiobook version is that it lacks some additional stories and an author interview present in the paperback edition of this book.

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    • 14/09/2019

    This was liquid sadness, immortalized in a book.

    My chest was heavy by the second story, by the fifth my anxiety was spiking beyond control. I had to return it.
    This is unbearable 😢😢

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    • 21/04/2017

    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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    • 04/06/2017

    Heart wrenching stories

    Each story is so different but they all tie you in with their beautiful and difficult truth.

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    • BikeVON
    • 05/05/2017

    My bad

    I should hot have purchased a novel with is comprised of short stories. A few were quite good.To good to be short and short enough my interest was piqued and then let down. That is my problem and I know it is my issue with short stories.

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    • Bri Sherman
    • 09/05/2017

    These stories stick with you

    I loved these stories so much, I would go back and relished to chapters, jaw agape.
    I cried, out loud, several times.
    It's beautiful, it's sad, its strong, it's comforting

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    • Akilah M.
    • 21/10/2021

    This Moved me beyond words.

    I can't say enough for this book. Love listening so much I had to actually buy the paperback. I am so touched by the sincerity in each story. I found myself being able to come to terms with a lot just reading this. And Robin Miles your narration was perfect for this.

    Harsh, beautiful, striking, raw, and just.... amazing.

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    • Susan Perry Manson
    • 05/01/2021

    Challenging and powerful

    Trigger warning: there are many uncomfortable topics explored but ultimately you come away with a new perspective on the definition of a difficult woman.

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    • Elizabeth
    • 12/02/2018

    difficult women

    I loved it. i enjoyed the twist and mix of different women . the narrator is a charmer..... thank you Roxane and Robin