RaveThe Los AngelesWritten from Mireille's perspective, An Untamed State is an account of what is normally unaccountable: a level of trauma that, even if it is survived, is often too painful to relate … Gay has created a straightforward style and defiant voice that drive Mireille's recollections. Her captivity experience is suspenseful, immediate and at times mercilessly realistic. Mireille's memories of her time before the kidnapping provide a respite for her and the reader. Because Mireille is portrayed as a flawed, three-dimensional person, not just a symbol of suffering, Gay's novel puts a face, a name and especially a voice to the rampant global violence against women.
Ed. Meredith Maran
PositiveThe Los Angeles TimesRather than a craft textbook theorizing the why and how of memoir writing, this collection reads like a series of interviews with some of the most well known memoirists working today ... The authors also offer glimpses into their writing processes, their development as artists and occasionally, surprising personal details, unpopular opinions and literary gossip.