Unmastered is a new kind of book that allows us to think afresh about sex and desire. Incisive, moving, and lyrical, it opens up a larger space for the exploration of feelings that can be difficult to express. Touching on experiences of desire and pleasure, as well as grief and pain, the book probes the porousness between masculine and feminine, thought and sensation, self and culture, power and pliancy. Katherine Angel reflects on the history of her own feelings, on her encounters and beliefs, and shows how our lives can be shaped by sexuality and feminism; by the words we use, and the stories we tell. The result is a book letting light into places that are often dark and constrained - a searching, erotic work that shifts in meaning and resonance even as it is read.
Provocative and profoundly personal ... it's hard to overestimate the riskiness of these passages, their courage and their exquisite sensuality ... Unmastered is a giddily joyful book ... days after reading its images linger in the mind ... an elegant and uplifting journey
Unmastered is written with an honesty so defiantly pure it amounts to an act of cultural resistance
I am completely, utterly, overwhelmingly in love with Unmastered .... Beautiful, ferocious, acute, exceptional
I think the highest compliment you can pay any book is that it is unafraid. Angel's fiercely intelligent and moving memoir of sexuality and desire is a challenging, vital work
A moving and memorable read