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
Amber’s background in poetry is a real benefit to the way this story is told - very effective, very creepy in some spots, sad in others. I think the overall message of this story is really important.
A man is raped and his rapist, a woman, cannot be found.
Then another, and another.
These men respond to the events and learn to handle the trauma.
Just the intertwining of poetry, classic novel text, journal and social media make the read very compelling. There's a different tone and pace which each literary form the author chose and informs the tone of the character.
The first man raped was told in many questions. You get a sense of unknown and rap ...more
I struggled through the first few pages, but once Tamblyn introduces Maude's second victim I couldn't put the book down. I read it in just a few hours and was entranced. It was interesting how she flipped the narrative -- made the victims men, the rapist a woman. And instead of following Maude and her actions, we follow the victims and their reactions.
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
What a wonderfully written novel and so real.
Any Man is not for the one’s who may find the topic of rape to be a little more sensitive than normal for them.
A woman seeking Any Man to rape, to play with and thus leaving those victims to be haunted. Having to work through the fact that they, a man, has been raped in a society where most people think men can’t be raped.
Amber Tamblyn uses a mix of poetry, novelization based writing and even uses social media based chat to seamlessly create this we ...more
This was so well written and I don't know why I'm shocked about it. Amber Tamblyn of course has her finger on the pulse of this issue and is so goddamn in tune with exactly what's going on that this reads like real life. It's shocking but not more than it should be. It's hilarious despite its content and driving story. Amber paints 5 or 6 colorful characters but then goes a step further and somehow paints more. She gets people and makes them exactly different in the ways they should be. Wrong in ...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
“I asked myself if I had deserved this. I convinced myself that I did. And it wasn’t hard to. I live in a country built on celebritizing it’s citizens grief and amplifying stories of violence and assault for political gain.”
What I thought was going to be a dramatic thriller featuring a female serial killer turned out to be a story about the victims and how their assault affected the rest of their lives.
It shines a light on men getting assaulted; something you never hear about. It was very distu ...more