PositiveThe New York Times Book Review...[a] deliciously dry, moody essay collection ... Dead Girls is one of the latest entries in a welcome genre: coming-of-age stories about struggling to be seen in a culture that refuses to see you, at least not as a living, breathing person ... it\'s a seductive story line.
PositiveThe New York Times Book Review...eclectic and wide-ranging ... swift, immediate prose ... A palpable pain animates many of these essays, as well as a raucous joy and bright curiosity. Her wild youth is now long enough ago that the period is shrouded for her in myth. An essay about the HAGS, young punk lesbians, many of them junkies, who lived and died...is haunting. But she’s equally memorable on what it’s like to be a young woman in the city, confronted daily with indecent exposure.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewAt its simplest, it’s a memoir about being fat — Gay’s preferred term — in a hostile, fat-phobic world. At its most symphonic, it’s an intellectually rigorous and deeply moving exploration of the ways in which trauma, stories, desire, language and metaphor shape our experiences and construct our reality ... Gay wrestles her story from the world’s judgment and misrecognition and sets off on a recursive, spiraling journey to rewrite herself. The story burrows in on itself while expanding exponentially ... With this book, she reclaims the body, reclaims the right to be seen and heard for who she (really) is.