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'Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink – all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.'
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
'I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.'
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn't yet been told but needs to be.
Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
From New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay comes an unforgettable tale of nightmarish bureaucracy in which genetic profiling has redefined the “unfit mother.”
A trip to the library prompts one woman to question her fate in this galvanizing short story. For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.
Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
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.
Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Clementine Ford's Fight Like a Girl and Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying "something in totality that we cannot say alone."
Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that "not that bad" must no longer be good enough.
'Phenomenally powerful and beautifully written' the Guardian
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind.
From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.
'Gay brings the powerful voice that flows through her work as a novelist and cultural critic to the 21 short stories in her first collection . . . Gay's "difficult women" are unforgettable' BBC.com
'Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mermerisingly unusual and simply unforgettable' Harper's Bazaar
From New York Times-bestselling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience.
In Ayiti, a married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood.
Originally published by a small press, this edition will make Gay's debut widely available for the first time, including several new stories.
'These early stories showcase Gay's prowess as one of the voices of our age' (National Post, Canada).
Para ella vivimos en un mundo apasionante, lleno de distracciones que nos gustan y que nos obsesionan, incluso si van en contra de nuestros principios. Le gusta la música rap, aunque es consciente de los clichés sexistas de muchos de sus autores. También le gusta el cine absurdo, el color rosa, engancharse a series como Girls y leer la revista Vogue. Mediante ejemplos de la cultura pop y de su propia vida, Gay nos habla del aborto, de la maternidad, del acoso sexual, de la igualdad de salarios, de los mitos sobre la amistad entre mujeres, de la reciente literatura escrita por ellas, de la misoginia en el mundo del espectáculo, etc. El feminismo, como la humanidad y la vida, es imperfecto, y la autora propone que aceptemos todos sus matices.
Dans Ayiti , Roxane Gay rompt avec les stéréotypes et les idées fausses
sur les Haïtiens et les Américains d’origine haïtienne.
Traduit de l’anglais par Stanley Péan
Ayiti rassemble quinze récits de Roxane Gay explorant les expériences de la diaspora haïtienne en Amérique du Nord. Gay n’hésite pas à critiquer ni à montrer comment les malheurs d’Haïti attirent les médias. C’est une langue crue, pleine d’audace et de saveurs, qui raconte Haïti.
Un couple marié veut quitter le pays en bateau pour l’Amérique. Une jeune femme se procure un philtre d’amour vaudou pour piéger un camarade de classe. Une mère emmène un soldat étranger chez elle comme pensionnaire (de son lit !). Et une femme, qui déménage plus tard en Amérique pour une nouvelle vie, conçoit une fille au bord d’une rivière en fuyant un massacre terrifiant…
Échos de presse
« S’appuyant sur sa propre expérience de diaspora, Roxane Gay montre la complexité de l’identité haïtienne en Amérique. »
Financial Times, Best Books of 2018
« Gay offre l’image d’une Haïti honnête, vivante, respirante, et non statique ni condamnée. Ayiti donne aux lecteurs et aux lectrices une perspective plus nuancée du pays que la vision simpliste des nouvelles télévisées et d’Internet. Le livre attire notre attention de deux manières. Premièrement, il nous fait réaliser que nous sommes complices de l’idée qu’Haïti est une nation où dominent destruction et pauvreté. Deuxièmement, et peut-être avec plus d’impact, le livre suggère que la tragédie et la beauté ne s’excluent pas mutuellement, qu’en fait, ces deux réalités peuvent partager un espace compliqué. »
Roxane Gay, née en 1974, est une auteure, professeure et éditrice américaine d’origine haïtienne. Ayiti a été publié en anglais en 2011.
Roxane Gay est l’auteure du best-seller Bad Feminist.