Book Review: “An Untamed State” by Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay! Roxane Gay! Roxane Gay!

I am sure that I have read somewhere that 2014 is the year of Roxane Gay, but somehow I had to reach the end of the year to discover her.

Well, I am glad I did and I have become a fan of @rgay like many I am sure after reading An Untamed State.

Hmmm…I wonder if Ms Gay ever got that tiny baby elephant from Santa this year.

Well, until we find out, enjoy the review!!


I only just recently finished this read and find that my review is not coming easy probably due to the knot in my stomach.This is a fantastically well written story about one of the most heart wrenching and traumatic situation that anyone could be put through.I am not quite sure how I feel about this book yet.
I loved it and hated it at the same time.
Come to think of it… maybe you can never truly love this book….
I did not think I would come across such a mixture of emotions.As a woman, Roxane Gay‘s An Untamed State, definitely stroke a cord with me and I can imagine it would do with most women.If you are anything like me, you will easily identify with Miri the victim, not necessarily as someone similar to you in personality but definitely as someone who could potentially be a victim of kidnapping and suffer the sexually related violence she endured.The feeling that, this could happen to you will not leave you.
The constant feeling of dread will follow you, you will hope that Miri escapes and when she does not you will cry with her.I have to say that although still difficult to read, the second part of the book made it a little easier to breath.
The violence stopped but the broken pieces needed to be picked up and Miri received the love and help she needed from one of the most unlikely source.

This is not a pretty story with a fairy tale ending, but this is a story that you will remember.




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