Roxane Gay is the kind of writer who inspires a particular devotion from her fans. Her writing is emotionally honest and challenges assumptions about many of today’s most important social, political, and cultural issues. After I read Gay’s take on a subject- whether I’m reading a column in the New York Times or one of her essays in the critically-acclaimed collection Bad Feminist, I don’t see that topic in quite the same way. She provokes you to look at many different sides of an issue.
Gay’s long-awaited memoir focuses on her body, obesity, and trauma. The book explores Gay’s past, including an act of violence that served as a turning point for her.