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Eva's Man

by Gayl Jones

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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. ( )
  allison.sivak | Jun 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807063193, Paperback)

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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Eva Medina Canada waits in her prison cell, thinking back over interweaving her lonely life of street-walking deprivation and sexual beleaguerment, and tries to recall her five days with Davis and his murder

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