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January Book Pick – Difficult Women

fist raised in triumph with the words "january" and "courage" above.

Picture it…

January 2021.

You’ve just finished voting on the book of the month with your fellow Feminist Book Club members. The theme? Courage.

The winner of the community vote? Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.

You’ve added the runner ups to your TBR list. Everything is good.

Chat with the Author

Roxane Gay will be joining members in January for an exclusive members-only Q&A via Zoom. If you were thinking about joining, now is the time!

About the Book

Title of Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. It's black with a heart made of fire on it.

Award-winning author Roxane 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 gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a scintillating collection reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

Are you excited? Because I’m excited. Join in on the fun and become a Feminist Book Club Member to get access to the exclusive Member chats and amazing Member community.  Truly a balm for the soul on these weary days.


Natalia Santana is a compliance professional by day, and an activist, student and parent...also by day. Interested in the intersection of activism and education, her joy in life is taking complicated concepts and distilling them into easy to understand Twitter rants. Favorite genres: science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction books.


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