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text 2016-12-26 00:43
Reading progress update: I've read 229 out of 370 pages.
An Untamed State - Roxane Gay

Sweet mother of fuck.

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text 2016-03-03 22:20
Books read in January and February
An Untamed State - Roxane Gay
Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel - Elizabeth Strout
The Guest Room: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor) - Roseanna M. White
Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile - Françoise Sagan
I'll See You in Paris: A Novel - Michelle Gable
Playing the Part - Jen Turano

I only read 3 books in January and 5 in February. I'm pleased thus far. I lowered my goal this year to 50 from 100. This year I want to read without pressure. I don't want to choose books based upon size and not content. I don't want to feel pressure with something that is supposed to be an enjoyment for me.





An Untamed State


My Name Is Lucy Barton



Honorable Mentions




I'll See You In Paris



I'm excited for March and will post my reading intentions.

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text 2016-01-03 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 368 pages.
An Untamed State - Roxane Gay

Happy New Year everyone!


This is a page turner for real. I started this book last night, received a call, and had to put it down. I was 35 pages in and had a lot to say. After the call I picked it back up and 5 hours later, at 3am, my body had to stop, but my mind definitely wanted to keep going. I know I will finish An Untamed State this morning. I don't think I can go on with my day without knowing the outcome of this horrific story.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-19 01:38
Dedicated to All Women
An Untamed State - Roxane Gay

I previously wrote a small post about Roxane Gay's novel, "An Untamed State," here: http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1135645/reading-order-roxane-gay-edition.


I find I have more to say about the book. I don't know if this post really needs a spoiler alert, because its subject is right in the first paragraph, and I still haven't entirely made up my mind about trigger warnings, but consider this to be both: The novel is about a woman named Mirielle who is kidnapped by a gang in Haiti and held for ransom. Because her father refuses to pay, she is held for thirteen days, and every terrible thing that could happen to her pretty much does.


Gay pulls no punches, and the reading experience is brutal, but not in an exploitative way. The pages keep turning, turning, as you hope to get through the worst. But what is the worst, and how does Mirielle get through? 


What I like best about this book is how it is a story about women - specifically about how women survive, how they help each other survive, and the ways they move forward when it is the only thing possible to do. 


Mirielle is an amazing character, but just as much, I loved her abrasive, strong, loving, take-no-crap mother-in-law, Lorraine. If we were casting "An Untamed State" for film, the Nebraska farmwife would be played by Sissy Spacek. Honorable mention to Mirielle's sister, Mona. 


Gay dedicates this book "For women, the world over." Throughout history, it has so often been women's lot to survive tragedy and violation, to suffer through hardships not of their own creation, and to help each other pick up the pieces, and find a way to go on. I haven't read this version of that story before, and I appreciated it.


P.S. - at the beginning of her Acknowledgements following the narrative, Gay makes a cheeky remark about her brothers; it was a kind of release, reading that bit of humor, as if she was giving us permission as readers to let Mirielle's story go a little bit, and live our lives happily again. 




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review 2015-07-20 00:00
An Untamed State
An Untamed State - Roxane Gay Mirielle Duval Jameson's fairy tale life is shattered when, during a visit to Haiti with her American husband and their child, she is kidnapped. Her father, a self-made millionaire, refuses to pay the ransom; and so Mirielle's captors take their revenge - pushing her beyond what she previously thought possible to endure. An Untamed State is a stunning achievement: a compelling, unflinching, deeply moving and unmissable novel.
Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a wilful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

Searing, unflinching account of a woman's kidnapping in Port-au-Prince - distressing enough but it is the rebuilding of her shattered life that is the most heart-wrenching and haunting part of this great novel
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