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 serial female 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 doesnt 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....
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"Any Man" is a must-read for everyone. Everyone.
Written in beautiful mixed-media prose, "Any Man" is a mosaic of narratives which together relay the horrors endured by the victims of a female serial rapist. The story is relayed by a collection of TV interviews, radio broadcasts, letters, confessions, Twitter threads, and online chat transcripts. Tamblyn's prose bleeds into poetry as these men purge their anguish. She is masterful in her use of repetition when landing punches and ...more
This is the best book I’ll never read again. It took all the feelings of guilt and shame of being a survivor of sexual assault into words that I hadn’t been able to find myself. It was insanely triggering. I broke down numerous times. But that’s ok, because the journey I went on was like a cleansing fire. I suffered and so did these characters, and Tamblyn shows the very difficult task of trying to move past the stereotype of being a man who was raped. I can’t thank the author enough of this ama ...more
Apparently this book is a page-turner. Despite having a family and a full-time job, I read it in 2 days.
When I was in my twenties I was attacked, assaulted, groped.
I don't know what word to really use for it.
I was on a bus that was full of people. The subway was broken down and I had to stand. I was facing the windows and leaning over some old woman who wasn't making eye contact because you don't do that on NYC public transportation if you can help it. I didn't see his face. At first I just assumed it was because there were so many people. The trains and the buses get super crowded, especially in ...more
Unlike anything I’ve ever read!!! It was macabre, twisted and so unique. It’s not for the faint of heart. I loved the writing style, at one point I forgot this was fiction, needless to say I was very impressed with Amber Tamblyn.
This was so well written and I don't know why I'm shocked about it. Amber Tamblyn of course has her finger on the pulse of this issue and is so goddamn in tune with exactly what's going on that this reads like real life. It's shocking but not more than it should be. It's hilarious despite its content and driving story. Amber paints 5 or 6 colorful characters but then goes a step further and somehow paints more. She gets people and makes them exactly different in the ways they should be. Wrong in ...more
An excellently intense, disturbing and exceedingly well written fictional indictment of rape culture. I loved this book, I found it revolutionary and absolutely compelling. By flipping the script and making men the victims, readers can see how ridiculous, damaging and counterproductive victim-blaming really is, and how insanely judgemental the crime-obsessed public at large can be. It really cuts to your core and plays on your fears. Fascinating, powerful, eloquent--like nothing I've ever read b ...more
Amber’s background in poetry is a real benefit to the way this story is told - very effective, very creepy in some spots, sad in others. I think the overall message of this story is really important.