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An Untamed State

(2012)
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Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over 13 days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Clear you schedule now! Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. "An Untamed State" is a novel of hope intermingled with fear... written at a pace that will match your racing heart." - Edwidge Danticat


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2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
ISBN: 1-4721-1981-9 / 978-1-4721-1981-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
ISBN: 1-4721-1982-7 / 978-1-4721-1982-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Untamed State
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ISBN: 1-4721-2015-9 / 978-1-4721-2015-1 (UK edition)
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
ISBN: 0-8021-2251-5 / 978-0-8021-2251-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
ISBN: 1-4915-8656-7 / 978-1-4915-8656-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Untamed State, An
Author(s): Roxane Gay
ISBN: 1-4915-8498-X / 978-1-4915-8498-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
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May 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: An Untamed State
Author(s): Roxane Gay
Publisher: Corsair
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May 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: An Untamed State: A Novel
Author(s): Roxane Gay
Publisher: Black Cat
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