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Mindy McGinnis

Autor(a) de The Female of the Species

16+ Works 3,776 Membros 242 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Séries

Obras por Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species (2016) 844 exemplares
Not a Drop to Drink (2013) 667 exemplares
A Madness So Discreet (2015) 561 exemplares
Heroine (2019) 302 exemplares
Be Not Far From Me (2020) 254 exemplares
Given to the Sea (2017) 253 exemplares
The Initial Insult (2021) 244 exemplares
In a Handful of Dust (2014) 205 exemplares
This Darkness Mine (2017) 196 exemplares
The Last Laugh (2022) 88 exemplares
A Long Stretch of Bad Days (2023) 82 exemplares
Given to the Earth (2018) 65 exemplares
Under This Red Rock (2024) 11 exemplares
Loucura Discreta, Uma (2016) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness and Light (2015) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption (2017) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy (2019) — Editor, algumas edições10 exemplares
Spring Fevers (2012) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1979
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
Ohio, USA
Ocupações
librarian

Membros

Críticas

Content warnings for this book: substance abuse, bodily waste, pregnancy and difficulty conceiving

Having read this The Female of the Species, I can say that I like McGinnis's direct, uncompromising style. She doesn't exaggerate or dramatize, nor does she sugarcoat. If it weren't for that, I'd probably have way more trouble sitting through a book about sports and drug abuse, which are both topics outside my wheelhouse.

Another point for McGinnis - she's good at writing characters that do terrible things but remain sympathetic.… (mais)
 
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boopingaround | 17 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Content warnings for this book: rape/sexual assault, physical assault, brief but graphic violence, references to child abuse, animal cruelty, substance abuse

The Female of the Species is marketed as a book about rape culture, but that trendy phrase barely scratches the surface. It's a book about rape and the social pressures that enable rapists to walk free; it's about guilt; it's about violence begetting violence; it's about not wanting to report a sexual assault to the police because you'd have to admit that you were out drinking with your underage friends; it's about not reporting a sexual assault because your friend was the rapist.

McGinnis suggests that sexual violence is a complicated issue that cannot be bubbled down to statistics about one sex's tendencies versus another's. In this book, people of all genders and ways of life contribute to an ongoing culture of violence and rape. Male characters like Jack and Park inappropriately touch others without consent and hesitate to take responsibility when things go too far. Female characters like Claire and Branley use sexual manipulation and slut-shame each other on bathroom walls. These characters are sympathetic and complex, and the reader is invited to understand where they're coming from while also condemning their actions.

Almost no one in this town knows how to handle rape culture; teachers look the other way when students mime out exaggerated sex acts, and policemen make rape jokes in the middle of presentations on date rape. In the middle of the cluelessness and willful ignorance stands Alex, our protagonist. She is the voice of reason, the one who calls others out for being unfair or misjudging... And she's also a cold-blooded murderer. Do with that what you will, 'cause I sure don't know how to handle it.

Alex, and the moral questions her character raises, were my favorite parts of this read. Something is definitely "wrong" with Alex. Most days she is rational and deeply empathetic, but she also occasionally is compelled to violently kill bad people. Alex's "condition" does not fit an easy psychological definition (she's clearly not a sociopath). Without a diagnosis to explain her wild actions, I found this book tipping over into like magical realism, like maybe Alex was actually a vigilante ghost-angel. That's not to say that Alex is flat; I identified so strongly with her self-doubt and self-hatred and adored her for trying so hard to be good. But identifying with her did not lessen the uncanny sense that Alex may never have even existed.

I'm kind of worried that some people read this and happily endorse Alex's most violent acts - i.e. "all rapists should burn, it's just that simple." Alex herself doesn't think this; she lives in constant guilt over the people she's killed. This is meant to be a moral quandary of a book, not an example of the perfect solution.

In essence, The Female of the Species asserts that, yes, men are more likely to commit violent acts than women, but they also engage in a thousand smaller behaviors that lead up to the ultimate violent act; and women contribute, too; and, as Alex proves, women can also be incredibly violent.
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boopingaround | 50 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Mindy McGinnis is a skilled author who excels in creating stories that are relevant and impactful, evoking strong emotions in readers. Her latest book, UNDER THIS RED ROCK, showcases her exceptional talent to an even greater degree. The protagonist, Neely, has a challenging story to tell, and I advise readers to take note of the trigger warnings provided at the start of the novel.

In UNDER THIS RED ROCK, we get a glimpse into Neely's world, complete with her hallucinations. We witness her struggle to navigate her life while keeping up the facade of being mentally stable and ordinary. Initially, Neely's crush on a coworker and her belief that her demons can't follow her into the cave system where she works as a tour guide enables her to successfully keep up the charade. It's especially satisfying to see her find happiness, given the traumatic experiences she's had to endure during her childhood.

However, UNDER THIS RED ROCK could not be a novel by Ms. McGinnis unless her characters were forced to confront their demons in whatever form they took. Neely's descent into darkness is particularly agonizing since we know that she deserves happiness after the traumas of her childhood. As Neely's story hurtles toward an edge-of-your-seat conclusion, all we can do is hope that she will find closure and a small measure of the peace she so rightly deserves.

What makes UNDER THIS RED ROCK a brutal read is the realization that Neely is the ultimate victim. Her mental health issues directly correlate to the events of her past. Yet, through poverty, a lack of decent health insurance, and familial pressures, she does not obtain the help she needs. UNDER THIS RED ROCK is a tragic story, made more so by the fact that it highlights all the faults of our society.

UNDER THIS RED ROCK is another stellar novel by Ms. McGinnis. As always, her subject matter is timely, making her story pertinent to the ongoing societal discussion of mental health stigmas and the lack of adequate care for those suffering from mental health issues. Neely is a haunting character, not just because of her fragility but also because of her desperation to be "normal." UNDER THIS RED ROCK may be an emotionally difficult book to read, but it is worth the effort.
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jmchshannon | Feb 20, 2024 |
3.75 stars

There is not much water left in the world. 16-year old Lynn lives with her mother in a rural area and they have been able to protect their source of water. Lynn has been very sheltered during her life and has never really known much about the real world or any other people, but she does know they have a neighbour her mother has helped a little bit. Just before her mother decides it’s time for them to leave, she is killed. Now, Lynn is on her own. Lynn has been taught how to protect their home and pond, but she and her mother knew there were people not far away, based on the smoke from their fire.

I listened to the audio and it took a little bit before I was fully paying attention, but it got better and better as the story moved along, I thought. I actually didn’t like Lynn much at first, but she learned and changed.
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LibraryCin | 57 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |

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Obras
16
Also by
4
Membros
3,776
Popularidade
#6,714
Avaliação
4.0
Críticas
242
ISBN
113
Línguas
3
Marcado como favorito
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