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Roxane Gay announces 'Difficult Women,' delays 'Hunger'

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Roxane Gay has some book news for you. The acclaimed novelist and cultural critic announced on Twitter Friday that her next book will be a short story collection called Difficult Women, out Jan. 3, 2017 from Grove Press.

According to the book’s Amazon listing, the stories will cover a wide range of modern women, from a woman pretending not to realize when her husband switches places with his twin brother to a stripper putting herself through college and fending off an obsessed customer.

Difficult Women will be Gay’s first short story collection, following the widely acclaimed essay collection Bad Feminist and her debut novel An Untamed State (which will soon be a movie from Fox Searchlight starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

In addition to this news, Gay also announced that her memoir, Hunger, will be pushed back to 2017. She explained the delay by tweeting that Hunger “was scary and stressful to write so I procrastinated a lot.” She also didn’t want it out at the end of 2016, competing with the presidential election. So as of now, both books are planned for 2017, but Gay said Hunger will be out “most likely in June” to put space between the two. She also teased an upcoming “special project,” some kind of storytelling focused around “fierce black, queer women.”

Back in January, Gay told EW that Hunger, a memoir partially about body image, was “not a book about triumph.”

“The bigger you get, the smaller the world becomes, because there are fewer places where you can feel comfortable,” Gay told EW. “You start to research restaurants to see if the chairs will accommodate you. You stop going to the movies or the beauty salon. Soon, you realize that the whole world might be your apartment, because there’s no room for you out in the world.”

See her recent tweets about Difficult Women and Hunger below.