CLIFTON'S POETRY CHANGES LIVES. IT CONTINUES TO CHANGE MINE. BTB IS ONE OF THE MOST GORGEOUS COLLECTIONS YOU'LL READ. TRUST.
This is not your common coming-of-age story, nor is it just another slave novel. Following the turbulent life of Lilith on an 18th century Jamaican sugar cane plantation, this novel probes the ultimate question: what occurs when oppression surpasses all limits of savagery and devilry? How far will the dispossessed go to secure freedom? James slashes the boundary between good and evil, all impressions of morality, conjuring a gorgeously raw, poetic, unflinching tale out of the Night. BNW reminds us who we have been, what we have been, and of the power--and wickedness--of the human spirit to triumph a hellish lot. Prepare to be enthralled.
Difficult Women was my introduction to Gay's fiction, and my oh my does her versatility, wild imagination and raw, brutal storytelling enthrall. Gay centers the lives and experiences of a diverse cast of women—abused women, women who enjoy rough sex, women who strip to pay for college— in some of the most precarious circumstances as they navigate loss, adultery, sexual abuse, brokenness, sexual conquest, and motherhood. This collection has left me both stunned and disturbed, and it's sure to be a literary highlight of 2017.
Intense, haunting, and exquisitely rendered, the stories in Lesley Nneka Arimah's debut collection exist in a category of their own. They are individual worlds linked together by familiar themes—self-discovery, yearnings to love and be loved, generational divides, and the meanings of home & place—refashioned in a new, fresh light. Arimah shines in this debut, and its magic will surely live with you beyond the final page. Absolutely wondrous.
After a nearly 30 year estrangement, Susan Faludi receives a photo from her father—a Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivor and abusive patriarch—announcing himself as Stefi, a trans woman. We embark with Faludi as she learns more about the father—the woman—she never knew. This unforgetable memoir is one about births and rebirths, erasures and reinventions, and the precariousness of who we are...or who we think we are.