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
Branch Call Number: F GAY NVD
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 06, 2019

I did not finish this; did not like the writing.

Jun 04, 2019

One fact I was constantly aware of as I read An Untamed State: I would recommend this book to literally no one. Whether you believe in content/trigger warnings or not, I would be irresponsible to not note the sheer amount of graphic sexual violence. On top of that, the characterization is poorly done. Please keep in mind that I stopped at 41%, so my review is not of the complete novel. However, I wash my hands of this author.

Jan 01, 2019

Absolutely spellbinding, intense and disturbing.

May 23, 2018

Avail at NKC

Apr 20, 2018

wrenching, devastating, and beautifully written. I could barely put it down. It spoke so directly to me on the theme of women knowing each other, and knowing each others' needs, even when they don't really know each other. it touches deeply on class, race, and privilege. on what it means to know yourself, and what it means to need others.

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.

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.

Aug 20, 2016

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

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.

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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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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