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.
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"An Untamed State is breathless, artful, disturbing and original. I won't ever forget it." (Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings)
No, I've read it now, but it's a good story and could very easily be true, it was also good to have her version of what happened to her
The kindness of some unexpected characters
Dont be silly
I thoroughly enjoyed Untamed State, a well paced, intelligent and beautifully written story about a woman kidnapped while in Haiti. I read an essay by the author in a broadsheet and was so impressed by her prose that I thought I'd give this novel a try. She is a stylish writer but, more importantly, her words make you think which, in my opinion, is the mark of good fiction. I will definitely read/listen to more books by this very talented young writer.
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