Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Review: Difficult Women

TITLE: Difficult Women
AUTHOR: Roxane Gay
GENRE: Short Stories
PUBLISHED: January 3rd, 2017
PREMISE: A collection of some old and some new stories from the author of Bad Feminist.
MY REVIEW: I managed to get this book by pure luck. Hoopla already has it in their selection so I grabbed it (as well as a couple of other 2017 releases. FYI, I love Hoopla). As there was a day it was snowing last week, I sat and read this all in one or two sittings. It helps that it's fairly short to begin with and the stories go by quickly.
As always with story collections, this was a mixture in quality. Some were very good, others were so short I didn't really have time to form any feelings on them. They're all sort of quiet character study books that make you think about labels, particularly the labels and judgments we heap upon women. It's all done in Roxane Gay's always memorable writing style.
If you're like me and have been a fan of Gay's for awhile now, this is a great one to pick up. If you're not, it's a good intro to her writing (this or Bad Feminist). This is probably a book that won't be to everyone's taste, but luckily for me, it happened to be to mine. If this first book of 2017 is any indication, we're in for a good publishing year.
WHO SHOULD READ: Roxane Gay fans, literature fans, feminists
MY RATING: Four out of Five short and sweet stories

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