Rising literary star Roxane Gay‘s debut novel, The Untamed State, follows Mireille, a privileged Haitian woman kidnapped for a ransom her father refuses to pay. It is a story of wealth, poverty, and endurance in the face of hopelessness. In conversation with Sari Botton, writer and editor of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY.
The Best Books I Read in 2013 My fellow passengers on a flight to LA last month must have thought I was insane. Reading Meaty, Samantha Irby’s TMI-filled collection of essays (a recent Emily Books selection), I found myself one minute crying over a young Irby being smacked by her alcoholic dad because she’d washed a cast iron pan with soap; the next I was laughing out loud at her mediations on the indignities of sex between real, flawed humans […]