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Who cares that this one's already out? Roxane Gay is a force in the world of feminism—and the world in general. Difficult Women is a collection of short stories depicting just that: women leading complex, diverse, colorful lives. Expect to delve into the tales of abducted sisters, a black engineer, an ambitious stripper and more. Gay is a master of memoir, personal essay, creative nonfiction and lyrical prose, which gives her writing a smart, modern edge that's hard to look away from. –Brooke Bunce