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Women Writing About Anger

by Dancyger, Lilly

A rich, nuanced exploration of women's anger from a diverse group of writers.

Women are angry, and from the #MeToo movement to the record number of women running for political office, they're finally expressing it. This issue isn't just timely - there's depth to the idea of women's rage: who gets to be angry (white women, black women, young women)? How do women express their anger? And what will they do with it-individually and collectively?

In Burn It Down, a diverse group of women authors explore their rage-from the personal to the systemic, the unacknowledged to the public. One woman describes her rage at her own body when she becomes ill with no explanation. Another writes of the anger she inherits from her father. One Pakistani American writes, "To openly express my anger would be too American," and explains why. Broad-ranging and cathartic, Burn It Down is essential reading for any woman who has burned with rage but questioned if she is entitled to express it.

Edited by Lilly Dancyger, a Catapult editor and writing instructor, Burn It Down is an anthology that offers literary catharsis and narrative variety to the many readers who have propelled Rebecca Traiser's Good and Mad to the NYT bestseller list.

Lilly Dancyger is the memoir editor at Narratively, a contributing editor at Catapult, and assistant books editor at Barrelhouse. Her essays and journalism on sex, politics, and culture have appeared in Rolling Stone, the Rumpus, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and more. Dancyger is at work on a memoir about her father's art and heroin addiction and the legacy of both in her life. She lives in New York.

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Exploring anger from a multitude of perspectives, the essays show the varying ways anger manifests in our lives - and gives it a place to take up space and have a voice.

Review: The Millions

Burn It Down is both educational and cathartic. It infuriates and simultaneously relieves.

Review: BUST

Burn It Down legit changed my brain. I found myself thinking about anger in general and women's anger in particular in a whole new way, and seeing how reigning in and policing our anger has been sustaining patriarchal structures for centuries. Read this beautiful book and feel your beautiful rage.

Review: The Rumpus

Practically hot to the touch...

Review: Bookpage (Most anticipated fall nonfiction)

This book doesn't splash water onto female rage, it stands back in awe at the immensity of the flames.

Review: Washington Post

The twenty-two essays collected in Burn It Down are a gift of sanity and clear-eyed moral vision in an increasingly degraded moral world. This book galvanizes women's collective and individual rage, even as it redefines how we could and should understand that anger - and ourselves.

Quote: Lacy M. Johnson, author of The Reckonings and The Other Side

Burn It Down is a potent literary offering - a revolution born within the collective rage - expressed, unleashed, sublimated, and capsuled to honor our feminist legacy. Scorched earth speaks through these brilliant women who teach us that vulnerability and ire writ large will save those who have been shamed and condemned. Glorious, punk as hell, and utterly necessary.

Quote: Sophia Shalmiyev, award-winning author of Mother Winter

Dancyger's collection comprises essays that address subsets of female anger, including what it means to be hangry, the minimization of black women's anger by labeling it as "attitude," and the anger of women within religious contexts. What unites them are the incredible personal reflections within each essay... these powerful essays strike a balance between memoir and theory

Review: Library Journal

Powerful and provocative, this collection is an instructive read for anyone seeking to understand the many faces - and pains - of womanhood in 21st-century America. An incisive collection of writing about how women's anger "doesn't have to be useful to deserve a voice.

Review: Kirkus

Dancyger collects essays from 22 female writers contemplating (and unleashing) anger, continuing the #MeToo ethos of emotional transparency and righteous indignation, to bracing and powerful effect. The writers are a diverse group and cover a wide range of experiences.. [Burn It Down is] a cathartic and often inspiring reading experience.

Review: Publishers Weekly

Every single essay in this collection touches on an important topic or idea that illuminates the ways in which women express anger and are prevented from expressing it.

Review: Brooklyn Rail

Burn It Down is deeply affirming for any woman who has struggled with anger in this difficult world. There is no judgment here; only alchemy.

Quote: Kelly Sundberg, author of Goodbye Sweet Girl

BURN IT DOWN made the October "must-read" lists at Bustle, LitHub, The Millions, and HelloGiggles. BookRiot named it one of the "Best Essay Collections of 2019."

Quote: Seal Press

It's the literary equivalent of screaming into a pillow, and reading it will make you feel so much less alone.

Review: HelloGiggles

Lilly Dancyger's collection ... is more necessary than ever.

Review: Bustle

Comprising essays from an amazing cast of contributors...this cathartic and incendiary anthology rages against the notion that women should temper their fury.


Burn it Down, edited by Lilly Dancyger, is a brilliant and wide-ranging anthology that offers a comprehensive look at women and anger from a dynamite list of contributors. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of an often misunderstood emotion.

Review: LitHub

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