September’s Conversations Over Coffee Book Club selection is Amber Tamblyn’s novel ANY MAN! If you have not picked this novel up yet I suggest that you do! I cannot say enough good things about this read. It is so appropriate for the times and I literally ended up reading it from cover to cover within one sitting. Local book club members are slated to meet to discuss this novel on September 29th. We can meet over coffee but due to the evening shoot we may prefer wine over the fire pit!
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.
Due to my day job taking over and extensive travel over the course of the last month we had a delay with filming for our review of Sixty Days Left by Andrea Lechner-Becker. This book will also be discussed with filming slated for this month as well to makeup for the delay. With that being said, ACQUIRE THESE TWO NOVELS ASAP! We would love to hear you chime in with your thoughts! Stay tuned for dates of the taping releases. They will be published on the site for your viewing pleasures!