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Gayl Jones

Eva's Man

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Imprisoned for the bizarre murder of her lover, Eva Medina Canada recalls a life tormented by sexual abuse and emotional violence. Eva's Man is Gayl Jones's second novel.


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Beacon Press
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Gayl Jones
Eva's Man
Publication Date
March, 1987
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.50 x 0.60 Inches

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This was a very intere...

This was a very interesting read about a woman who kills her lover. The narrative switches back and forth between Eva's present in prison, and her remembering of the events that led up to her killing the man. A mystery novel of sorts. I found the buildup to the event very interesting -- particularly considering the time it was written. Eva has experienced much sexual harassment / assault throughout her life, and has always been assumed to be "available" for the taking as a black woman. While this explanation seems quite common now as a reason why women have killed their abusive partners, this is one of the earliest writings I've read on women choosing the role of victimizer over victim. I think about this book particularly in context of some of the second-wave feminist writings I've read during that time; this seems a particularly strong and absolute work in light of those.


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