Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday .... Any Man

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Here is the Goodreads synopsis 
In her blazingly original and unforgettable debut novel Any Man, Amber Tamblyn brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a female serial rapist who preys on men.

In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.

A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.

As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.
I was immediately excited about this book the second Amber Tamblyn announced it. I have been a fan of her acting work for years, and am intrigued to see what her writing style is like.

The book's timely premise ensures it'll be talked about as the release date nears. I am intrigued about looking at rape and rape culture through the lense of male victims. It provides a worthy discussion starting premise that I predict will be perfect for book clubs.

Amber Tamblyn's involvement with the #MeToo movement also instills confidence that she will handle this subject matter with the utmost care. I know that she'll be respectful of the victims and that makes me more willing to take a chance on this novel.

Expected release date - June 26, 2018

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