Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"They stood in the house where they had grown up filled with broken people and broken things.”
Brilliant and phenomenal writing about living the everyday female life. (whatever that is...)
Surprisingly, this is the first book that I've ever read by Roxane Gay, so it's definitively an introduction into her writing style. I personally really enjoyed most of her short stories that were in here, only a couple of them fell flat for me. Overall, I was thankful for the unique glimpse that she was able to give the readers into all different types of women's lives. She writes such strange and weird stories, but still managed to hook me in and make it look realistic.
Some common themes that threaded throughout were: poverty, privilege, marriage, love, motherhood, sex, loss, trauma.
I could really appreciate and get behind the way that women were portrayed. There were unapologetic, strong women you continue to go on despite all of the stuffs that's going on. Gay doesn't sugarcoat nor try to cover up the reality of these individual experiences, and that laid-bare honestly is what I've been looking for in these types of feminist novels.
The thing is, it's essential to read a book at the right timing. And sadly, this week hasn't been the right timing for me to read this sort of book, as I constantly was not only distracted but felt completely off-of-my-reading-game in several ways, and therefore I don't feel like I could be enjoying this to the fullest potential that it was meant to be. I may want to revisit some of my favorites later on closer to the publication date to relive this reading experience with the bookish community.
**Thanks for NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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