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OFFSITE & TICKETED: Roxane Gay, Difficult Women

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz presents: An Evening with Roxane Gay

Online ordering has ended for this event. If you would still like to purchase a ticket package, please stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831-423-0900 by 4 pm. 

If tickets are still available, we will have tickets for sale at the door, at the Veterans Memorial Building (846 Front St.) starting at 6:30pm. 

Ticket packages are $27.19 and include two tickets for entry to the event, and one copy of Roxane Gay's Difficult Women.

Award-winning author Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist. Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

"Gay pens a powerful collection of short stories about difficult, troubled, headstrong, and unconventional women. Whether focusing on assault survivors, single mothers, or women who drown their guilt in wine and bad boyfriends, Gay's fantastic collection is challenging, quirky, and memorable." --Publishers Weekly 
"Gay is an admirable risk-taker in her exploration of women's lives and new ways to tell their stories." --Kirkus Reviews 
TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $27.19, and include one copy of Difficult Women and two tickets to the event. This offsite event will be held at: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Downtown Santa Cruz