Any Man

Any Man

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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."--
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062688927
Branch Call Number: FIC/TAMBLYN
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Hillsboro_RobinD Nov 11, 2018

Part verse, part talk show, part social media posts, Any Man explores sexual crimes toward men by a serial female rapist named "Maude" layered with social commentary on crime towards women.

Sep 28, 2018

I thought this book stunk.

Sep 28, 2018

Amber Tamblyn is truly a poet.I was deeply moved by her prose- I felt it in my bones. Sometimes, the way we feel can’t be put in a sentence, end with correct punctuation or sensible conclusion. Tamblyn understands this well. The victims of Maude, the female rapist, create no pattern, she is impulsive and diabolically thorough. I finished this book in one long sitting, I just needed to know WHODUNIT. But I’m happier to know the men who survived it. Beautiful. Disturbing. Sad. And utterly real.

ArapahoeKati Sep 17, 2018

Wow: the writing, the story, the pain, anger, sadness, trauma and hope. A tough and touchy subject matter, handled deftly, that had me racing through the pages, intent on learning the ending.


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