Summary

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 wilful 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.
An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.
©2015 Roxane Gay (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"An Untamed State is breathless, artful, disturbing and original. I won't ever forget it." (Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia graham on 07-11-15

Absolute Brilliance

This book leaves you counting your blessings, gives you an insight in to a different world. Absolute page turner.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bbear on 09-10-17

Intense thriller

This novel was gripping from the start. The harrowing violence and cruelty in the story is very graphic but I did not find it gratuitous, it seemed necessary to give gravity and respect to the seriousness of the issues presented. It was hard to listen to the intense drama at times but it helped that great strength and kindness was shown by some characters. The narrator was amazing and I got lost in the story.

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