Short Story Month recommendations: DIFFICULT WOMEN


Roxane Gay has made an indelible mark on American literature in a few short years. She debuted in 2011 with Ayiti, a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about Haiti. In short order, she followed it with a violent novel that explores personal and sociopolitical issues in Haiti (An Untamed State), a collection of essays (Bad Feminist), a collection of stories (Difficult Women), a memoir (Hunger: A Memoir of My Body), the graphic novel World of Wakanda for Marvel, and just two weeks ago, an anthology for which she served as editor (Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture). She is also a prolific essayist who has been published in a selection of venues as long as your arm. She is a force to be reckoned with and a great example of a public intellectual. She is a treasure.

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