BOOK REVIEW: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

26 Jun

An-Untamed-State-Cover The body adapts, but the mind has limits.   One of the limits reached by Mireille Duval Jameson, Roxane Gay’s obstinate lead character in her debut novel, An Untamed State, is the harsh realization of how a father can chose principle over blood when his daughter’s very life is within his power to promptly rescue. It is a trauma nearly as rending to her heart as the one done to her body. While visiting her parents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mireille, a lawyer living in Miami with her husband, Michael, and infant son, Christophe, are jumped at gunpoint at the base of the driveway of her father’s gated mansion. In broad daylight before a gaggle of impotent neighbor-witnesses, Mireille is stuffed into an SUV and whisked away….CONTINUE READING

ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Dino ParentiWhen not scribbling twisted musings into spiral notebooks, photographing the odd puddle or junk pile, or building classy furniture, Dino Parenti earns a little scratch drawing buildings. Read his fiction appearing in our Artemis and Dionysus issues: “Beyond The Eye” and “Meat Sweats

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