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Advance Praise for An Untamed State:
Clear your schedule now! Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. An Untamed State is a novel of hope intermingled with fear. . . . It is written at a pace that will match your racing heart.”Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light
An Untamed State is breathless, artful, disturbing and original. I won’t ever forget it.”Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
Gay brilliantly writes of the story’s external events while skillfully capturing Mireille’s internal anguish. Not since Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper has an author so effectively captured the descent into mental instability.”Library Journal (starred review)
An Untamed State is the kind of book you have to keep putting down because you can’t believe how good it is. Awesome, powerful, impossible to ignore, Roxane Gay is a literary force of nature. An Untamed State arrives like a hurricane.”Mat Johnson, author of Pym
An Untamed State is a harrowing, suspenseful novel about the connections between sexual violence and political rage, narrated in a voice at once traumatized and eerily controlled. Roxane Gay is a remarkable writer, an astute observer of Haitian society and a deeply sympathetic, unflinching chronicler of the compromises people make in order to survive under the most extreme conditions.”Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Nine Inches
From the astonishing first line to the final scene, An Untamed State is magical and dangerous. I could not put it down. Pay attention to Roxane Gay; she’s here to stay.”Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta
I am in awe of [Roxane Gay’s] talent, depth, heart and perfect writing structure. . . . . There were moments while reading that I had to put the book down and stalk around the room, muttering to myself about man’s inhumanity to (wo)man. . . . It has been a very long time since I have felt this way about a book.”Cindy Heidemann, PGW and Perseus Books Group
This is a book for the ages. It is beautiful and incredibly brutal and very real. . . . I thought of Emma Donahue’s Room . . . and really, Lovely Bones is also an apt comp as it was a groundbreaking and beautiful book about a terrible subject. What makes An Untamed State stand out from the pack though is Roxane Gay.”Leslie Jobson, Publishers Group West/Perseus Books Group