on January 1st 1970
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“I was broken and then I broke some more, and I am not yet healed but I have started believing I will be.”
Roxanne Gay opened up her soul and bared it for all of us to see.
Her Memoir tells the story of her emotional, physical and psychological struggles which stemmed from her being gang raped at the age of 12. She explores how this violent attack affected how she felt about herself, her body and her worth as a human being. She ate to fill a void that could never be filled. She shared how one cruel evil act shaped her life and how she learned to care for herself. She shares her difficulties traveling, clothing shopping and with past relationships.
How incredibly brave she is for telling her story and putting it all on the table. I can only imagine how difficult this memoir must have been for her to write. To share not only your past but your inner thoughts, how you view yourself and you you feel that you are viewed by the world.
This book is brutally honest and incredibly raw. I found her writing to be beautiful and heartfelt. I am a fast reader but this took me some time to get through as the subject matter is so substantial.
I have never read a book by Roxanne Gay. I will be reading one soon. Her writing is powerful and eloquent.
This memoir may be difficult for some to read especially if they have sexual assault in their past. This is not a light happy go lucky memoir. This is a life laid bare for the whole world to see. A very brave soul to be so open.