In Difficult Women, Roxanne Gay brings to life a chorus of complex women rendered with painstaking specificity and heart. Gay’s powerhouse collection of short stories examines themes of power, privilege, love, marriage and poverty with Gay’s signature acuity, wit and intersectionality. A haunting and often humorous portrayal of the societal pressures faced by the modern American woman, Difficult Women is sure to remind Book Club readers of the vibrant (anti) heroines seen onstage in Vanity Fair.

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Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction; the essay collection Bad Feminist; Ayiti, a multi-genre collection; the memoir Hunger; and a comic book in Marvel’s Black Panther series. She is a recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles.

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Vanity Fair

Difficult Women

By Roxanne Gay

Wednesday, March 20, 6–7:15 p.m.

The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall


This is a FREE event.
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