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 Reviews
READ THIS BOOK OMG
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
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
Apparently this book is a page-turner. Despite having a family and a full-time job, I read it in 2 days.
FUCK!! I’m speechless.
Actually no I’m not speechless, what Amber Tamblyn has done with this book is stunning.
A WOMAN writing a book about MEN who have been raped by a WOMAN, tough material for sure but Amber has nailed it. This is sure to be a controversial book, some people are upset about it because they think the story of a female serial rapist raping men somehow takes the attention away from women being raped, it doesn’t, it just shows that sexual assault knows no gender.
There’s a very popul ...more
6 out of 5.
I read and loved Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler a few years ago, and I was excited to see what would happen when she turned her attentions to full-length prose. ANY MAN does not disappoint.
Fair warning: this book is fucking brutal. If you have a penis, you're going to squirm. And that's kind of the point. Tamblyn takes the potentially-cringeworthy concept of a female rapist raping men and makes it potent because it doesn't so much focus on the perp as it does the victims. The survivors. Th ...more
A Searing Indictment of Rape Culture
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape, including the rape of children and nonhuman animals, as well as victim blaming, transphobia, suicide, PTSD, anorexia, self-injury, and more.)
It’s a pain ... it’s a cellular pain now, okay? It’s not a memory, it lives in me like a heart.
Ten years ago, I was having a beer with a friend after work and a few hours later, I was violently assaulted and left for dead be...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.