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Graceful Burdens (Out of Line collection) Kindle Edition
Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
From New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay comes an unforgettable tale of nightmarish bureaucracy in which genetic profiling has redefined the “unfit mother.”
A trip to the library prompts one woman to question her fate in this galvanizing short story. For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.
Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
About the Author
Roxane Gay is the New York Times bestselling author of the essay collection Bad Feminist and the memoir Hunger, as well as the novel An Untamed State and the short story collection Difficult Women. She edited The Best American Short Stories 2018, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She wrote World of Wakanda for Marvel Comics and is at work on several book, film, and television projects.
- ASIN : B08DR8X36Y
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (September 1, 2020)
- Publication date : September 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3477 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 24 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,213 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This innovative and unusual storyline is a wakeup call well worth reading. What happens when society's best intentions suddenly turn bad, very bad, especially for women. None of us wants to be told what to do, but this short fictional exposé has a foreboding prediction of a future we might be unintentionally rushing towards. Ugh!
Roxanne Gay's exceptional storytelling will quickly thrust you into a world in which none of us would willingly want to live. This short disturbing work is well worth reading and discussing for both its implications and frightening predictions of where we might be heading. Ouch!
The second of Amazon's "Out of Line" collection, this is an essential read. Almost a five-star effort, this short novella exposes the corrupt potential to destroy the freedoms we so often take too lightly today. In some ways, this work is not only an eye-opener but also a call to action.
I won't say too much about the story, so you can experience it the first time as you should. You won't be disappointed!
Appreciated Audible's companion narration because of how it expands my reading experience. Because it's free, you ought to try it.