Roxane Gay is one hell of an essayist, and that same intellectual and motional acuity shines in her debut novel. Brilliant, headstrong Haitian-American Mireille's charmed life is disrupted when she is kidnapped before the eyes of her loving husband and infant son near her ealthy father's Port-au-Prince estate. When she learns her father is resisting the demand for ransom, she must figure out how to survive at the hands of her brutal captors. A compelling, visceral work exploring class, corruption, and endurance in the midst of devastation, and how trauma - personal and political - lives in the mind and body in the midst of it and afterwards. Yeah, I cried.
~ recommended May, 2014