The Music Behind the Book


On the heels of her debut novel, Rumpus Essays Editors Roxanne Gay has created a playlist for the book over at Largehearted Boy. According to Gay, An Untamed State took its cues from Kate Bush, The Talking Heads, and a generous helping of Peter Gabriel:

Writing An Untamed State was an intense experience because there is so much darkness to Mireille’s story, so much sorrow. That isn’t the whole of the novel, though. The music I listened to and put into the novel helped cut through the darkness and it helped me find the joy. Music reminded me why writing this particular story was so necessary.

Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →