~post by Katie P.
Roxane Gay is both a product of her time and timeless. When she stopped by BookPeople to celebrate the release of her latest novel, An Untamed State, RGay (as she’s known on Twitter) engaged her audience in an excellent, thorough discussion that included both celebrity gossip (Solange and Jay-Z did what??) and analysis of Haitian political instability and the use of kidnappings and “disappearings” in that country that have ravaged its sense of security and self.
Into the meeting of these two worlds fits Gay’s novel itself, which is told in the first person by an American-Haitian woman kidnapped whilst visiting her parents in Port-au-Prince. This topic seems an entire world apart from entertainment news and juicy gossip, but what ties everything together, what reminds us that while we are reading tabloids, some part of the world is burning, is Gay herself. Her social commentary…
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