“An explosive, shapeshifting piece of literary real estate, Amber Tamblyn’s arresting debut offers a scathing portrait of American celebrity culture and the way in which it transmutes human tragedy into a vicious circus; victims are forgotten as likes and shares swirl, and ‘news’ becomes a squalid orgy, a lurid feast. Tamblyn takes every risk in this astonishing and innovative work, and succeeds, gloriously.” — Janet Fitch, bestselling author of The Revolution of Marina M. and Paint It Black
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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.
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About the Author
Amber Tamblyn is an author, actress and director. She's been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. She is the author of three books of poetry including the critically acclaimed best seller, Dark Sparkler.
Her debut novel Any Man will be released in June of 2018 on Harper Perennial and a book of non-fiction essays for Crown in 2019. Most recently she wrote and directed the feature film, “Paint it Black”, based on the novel by Janet Fitch, starring Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, currently on Netflix. She reviews books of poetry by women for Bust Magazine, is a contributing writer for The New York Times and is a founding member of Time’s Up. She lives in New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The conventional narrative for a novel about sexual assault focuses on female trauma, but in this book men narrate stories of sexual assault committed against them by an unknown female serial rapist. It matters. For a couple of reasons. The first is the most obvious – sexual assault of men (yes, even by women) is a very real thing that happens. While so many current social movements are rightly pointing out that women’s voices have been ignored for decades (centuries), that doesn’t mean that when we discuss sexual assault we should only allow one gender into the club to fight for change. But for me, the more important aspect of this approach is that when a man narrates, just as when a man speaks in life, people listen more closely. When I read the descriptions of each male’s experience of sexual assault, all I could think about was how much we minimize these issues when they come from a woman’s voice. Tamblyn has strongly stressed that this book isn’t a revenge fantasy, but rather about evoking empathy; that is, finally understanding what the aftermath of rape truly feels like. We hear a man describe the brutality of the examination after an assault, of the anesthetic poking and prodding without being allowed to clean himself, violated all over again. We hear a man describe the agony of not being believed, or of being questioned by both himself and others as to what he did to make his assailant believe he deserved it. However much we’d like to believe otherwise, we are living in a time when the male voice simply carries more weight. Why do you think we needed a movement to carry women’s voices to begin with? One of Tamblyn’s narrators reflects, “Tell me how you prove coercion? How you prove the difference between being hit on and hunted? How you prove your arms were held down? Your body was touched? Your life was threatened if you ever told anyone? For people who have suffered violent sexual crimes, proof—the very act of proving—is more than just a burden. It is boundless bearing. An eternity of futility.” When I heard men (even fictional ones) recounting these tales, I couldn’t help but think, “Would hearing this from a man help other men understand what women experience on such a regular basis?” Read more at: https://freereadandwrite.wordpress.com Twitter: @freereadnwrite Instagram: Free_Read_And_Write Litsy: FreeReadAndWrite Facebook: Freereadandwrite
Wow that was...an uncomfortable read. And yet I wanted to keep reading. The way it was written was interesting.
A real eye opener!
Genre: Thriller. Number of Pages: 288. Perspective: First/Third Alternating. Location: United States. There is a hunt for a woman serial rapist. She takes men as her prey and leaves them to suffer. This is the men’s stories about their struggle to cope in the aftermath. Well, this book is hard to review. It took a while to get into because the first part is written more like poetic prose. But once I got into the very unique flow, I was hooked. I read the entire book in one sitting. Tamblyn did an amazing job giving each character a very distinctive voice. The format is unlike any other book I have read. This will be one that people either love or hate, but it will fuel some interesting discussion. The content is disturbing and shocking. But that is the point. Making the rapist a woman flips all the double-standards our society has upside down. I think this is a very timely and important book. It may seem ridiculous and too unbelievable for some people, but a lot of it is rooted in truth and things that have happened, especially how social media handles high profile sexual assault cases. I don’t want to get on a soap box here, but I would love to sit down with a group of people and discuss this book and what it means. I do recommend this book, but it is not for everyone. I think this book doesn’t need a trigger warning because the description of the book should tell you if you can handle reading it or not, but you have been warned. It is dark. Read more at: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2018/08/any-man-amber-tamblyn.html
Hi ______, I did read the book. I would not recommend it to anyone, especially a survivor. Many reasons, including: • as Mike said, it is fiction. • the story line is about four men who were raped by the same woman. • the rapes were sensationalized and depicted mutilated victims- only intended for shock value. • three of the victims were exposed by the media-- this is not the norm. • ironically, this book was intended to show how shallow the media is, when, in fact, it is itself a very shallow effort. Wow, I guess I didn't like this book! Dan
This this a quick read. It is written in an illustrated manner. I appreciate the “flip side” of rape.