by Roxane Gay
This book is a wonderfully written series of short stories about “difficult” women, those who make a stand, those in desperate situations and still demonstrate strength, and those for whom life is simply too difficult. The women in these stories are depicted in many different situations and address frankly about what it’s like to be female. The men in the stories vary greatly including predators, those who abandoned or depended too heavily on the women in their lives, and men who are very kind, sincere, sensitive, patient and protective. This book also speaks to women’s relationships. The stories range from painful, frightening, bizarre to redeeming. Although they were emotionally difficult to read, I Will Follow You and How were two of my favorites.