Book Review: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Grove Press To Be Published Jan. 3rd, 2017

Grove Press
To Be Published Jan. 3rd, 2017

A collection of short stories of various women and their passionate or lack there of lives. From imperfectly perfect marriages, to failed ones; from escaping the past to fighting for a future. 

These short stories highlight women in their most difficult position. 

You guys know that I am not the biggest fan of short stories. But this is Roxane Gay. Yes, I didn’t really enjoy Bad Feminist  but I heard through the grapevine that her fiction work was really good, so I took a stab at this [Thank you Grove Press].

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I loved how Gay focuses on topics never thought of including one with a bit of fantasy to it. It shows that she looks out side the box and looks at women as much more than women. I loved the details without it being drawn out. However, with that being said there were some short stories that never really concluded for me. Such as the Frigid Women and Crazy Women. These two stories just ended without me feeling like “oh, okay.”  They could have been a bit longer to feel like something was ending as opposed to the world was about to open.

I really loved I will Follow You. It was such a simple story but it packed so much punch, so much emotion that it made me excited for the rest of the book. It was an amazing start. The Florida section was good but it didn’t have that same amazement as the previous stories. I did like the inside behind closed doors viewpoint she decided to do. [This is as far as I am detailing]

Overall, I was impressed.

3 Pickles

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