An Untamed State

An Untamed State

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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The story of Mireille Duval Jameson, a rich and self-assured Haitian woman kidnapped by a gang of heavily armed men who intend to hold her until her unwilling father pays up.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780802122513
0802122515
Branch Call Number: F GAY NVD
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 21 cm

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squib Feb 27, 2017

An abduction sets this story in motion, and it never really seems to stop, even after closing the last page. I don't know how Roxane Gay managed to evoke living with PTSD so vividly and with a light touch (despite the hardness that exists throughout this story). It is a controlled piece of writing that manages to give life to the repeated narratives we tell ourselves to survive, and the inherent contradictions with which we must endure and learn to live.

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virgogirl73
Jan 29, 2017

This book was ok. It was really hard for me to like the main character once the book started delving more into her background and story and the main characters father just made me angry. It was hard to read at times with what she had to endure being held captive for 13 days, but it was well written and am interested in reading more by this author.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 20, 2016

A strong debut novel about a wealthy Haitian woman who is kidnapped. I did prefer her collection of essays, "Bad Feminist."

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 05, 2016

An Untamed State is remarkable book, heartbreaking, honest and life reaffirming. Truly a memorable read by an excellent author but it was also a very difficult read, dealing as it does with such horrendous subject matter.

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empbee
May 27, 2016

This is a very good book for a debut. It is hard to put down; it is hard to read at times. There are parts without any answers; repetitions that are not really necessary. The characters are fairy tale like at times, the abducted woman remains a princess with all the suffering, her husband is an impossibly patient loving man. The best secondary character is the mother-in-law, the mother of the young husband.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 14, 2016

I struggled with this book. The story of a woman kidnapped, held for 13 days & abused every day. It didn't have a happily ever after ending thank goodness, it ended in a realistic way. It was repetitive though & that's what I struggled with & the awful ordeal it was for everyone.

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advega718
May 21, 2015

Engaging, genuine and compelling story. I couldn't put it down.

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LibraryMaker
Apr 12, 2015

This was possibly the best book I have read in a while. It is so beautiful, even when it is painful.

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Mothercat
Jan 15, 2015

Wow. What a powerful book: harrowing, but very powerful and well written. Recommended!

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Rosedubs
Jan 10, 2015

I couldn't stop reading this book either. I wasn't sure when I read the back cover. Don't judge a book by it's cover!! Graphic, yet empowering...still thinking about it days after I have read it...

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Merc_3
Jan 31, 2015

" . . .when we were less aware of the spectacle we were and when we thought we had anything even remotely relevant to say about the things that tear the world apart."

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