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An Untamed State | by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
(Grove Press/Black Cat, 2014, 370 pages)

This is a book I couldn’t put down, though it wasn’t always easy to read. Through the event of a woman’s kidnapping in Haiti and a series of flashbacks, Gay examines many issues in today’s world and also gives us an intimate look at one woman’s experience of going through hell and finding a way to get back.

You can also check out Sadie’s review of this title.

“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.” –


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