Life of the Party by Oliva Gatwood | BUY BOOK
An ode to womanhood, true crime, and the way the two affect each other mixed with coming of age stories. Gatwood’s poetry drags her fear of the dark into the limelight and invites you along for the ride. Sharing her own life with sensationalized murders, Gatwood still sneaks in the small tender moments that define love and womanhood. With evocative imagery and an unexperienced intensity. Gatwood does what she intends to “Help us feel less alone in the dark”.
Review by Abigail
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Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture’s romanticization of violence against women. At times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant, Life of the Party explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? In precise, searing language, she illustrates how what happens to our bodies can make us who we are.