In this short-story collection, Gay's prose is a joy to read. She portrays a raw, haunting, and vivid look into Haiti -- both its natural beauty and contrasting ugly poverty. However, I found myself wanting more from this collection of stories. Maybe I just wanted to read more of her stories. I'd just finished reading Gay's "An Untamed State," which I'd loved and is a novel based on one of the stories in this collection. That novel is raw and powerful and intense. Definitely read the short stories first and then her novel.
I have yet to read anything by Roxane Gay that was not enthralling, thought provoking and beautifully crafted. This book is filled with sex, violence, sometimes those are intertwined. It is not a picture of an island but several small pieces of a large puzzle that can never be complete.
Most of what I know of Haiti comes from the news. This was a fresh look at a land and it's people for me. Reminded me somewhat of Somalia with the poverty. BUT, what I loved was the authors voice. Could not put the book down just from the intensity and expression of her words.