Any Man

Any Man

In her blazingly original and unforgettable debut novel "Any Man", Amber Tamblyn brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men.

In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.

A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.

Title:Any Man
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062688934
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About Amber Tamblyn

Amber Rose Tamblyn is an American actor, film director, and author.


    Any Man Reviews

  • Sara

    When I was in my twenties I was attacked, assaulted, groped.I don't know what word to really use for it. I was on a bus that was full of people. The subway was broken down and I had to stand. I was fa...

  • *TANYA*

    Unlike anything I’ve ever read!!! It was macabre, twisted and so unique. It’s not for the faint of heart. I loved the writing style, at one point I forgot this was fiction, needless to say I was v...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    You ever start reading a book and know immediately that it was going to be something different than what you've ever read before? That you know you're going to get gut punched and deepen that line bet...

  • Blake

    This is the best book I’ll never read again. It took all the feelings of guilt and shame of being a survivor of sexual assault into words that I hadn’t been able to find myself. It was insanely tr...

  • Drew

    6 out of 5. I read and loved Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler a few years ago, and I was excited to see what would happen when she turned her attentions to full-length prose. ANY MAN does not disappoint. Fair ...

  • Andrea

    Wow—talk about intense! The audiobook version of this is unbelievably well put together. I’m still reeling from getting to the end. It’s short but it packs a hell of a punch....

  • Melissa Rochelle

    I struggled through the first few pages, but once Tamblyn introduces Maude's second victim I couldn't put the book down. I read it in just a few hours and was entranced. It was interesting how she fli...

  • Jessica

    Thanks to Harper Perennial for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!I'll start out by saying that this is a very intense read. This will not be for everyone because it depicts the p...

  • Jourdain Searles

    It lacked insight. It felt... false. Snapshots, monologues, obvious social commentary and no real story. And it obscures the rapist. It turns the rapist into an almost cosmic figure. A ghost. To juxta...

  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)

    *thank you to the publisher for the free review copy. This review is all mine*Tamblyn flipped some roles on their heads while simultaneously covering incredibly important aspects of rape culture, surv...