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Alison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal
glamour of 1980s New York: One is a young model stumbling away from the
wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle-aged office temp. Over
the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and
tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. Moving
seamlessly from present and past, casting a fierce yet compassionate eye on
two eras and their fixations, the result is a work of timeless depth and
Two Girls Fat and Thin
Reissued to coincide with the paperback
publication of "Because They Wanted To", this captivating novel shimmers
with dark intensity and wicked wit. In a stunning synthesis of eroticism,
rage, pathos, and humor, Gaitskill's "fine storyteller's pace and brilliant
metaphors" ("The New York Times Book Review") create a haunting and
unforgettable journey into the dark side of contemporary life and the
deepest recesses of the soul National print ads & publicity.
Don't Cry: Stories (2009)
Following the extraordinary success of her novel
Veronica, Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of
stories--her first in more than ten years.
In “College Town l980,” young people adrift in Ann Arbor debate the
meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban
fairy tale “Mirrorball,” a young man steals a girl’s soul during a
one-night stand; in “The Little Boy,” a woman haunted by the death of her
former husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter
with a needy child; and in “The Arms and Legs of the Lake,” the fallout of
the Iraq war becomes disturbingly real for the disparate passengers on a
train going up the Hudson--three veterans, a liberal editor, a soldier’s
uncle, and honeymooners on their way to Niagara Falls.
Each story delivers the powerful, original language, and the dramatic
engagement of the intelligent mind with the craving body--or of the
intelligent body with the craving mind--that is characteristic of
Gaitskill’s fiction. As intense as Bad Behavior, her first
collection of stories, Don’t Cry reflects the profound enrichment
of life experience. As the stories unfold against the backdrop of American
life over the last thirty years, they describe how our social conscience
has evolved while basic human truths--“the crude cinder blocks of male and
female down in the basement, holding up the house,” as one character puts
Because They Wanted To
(1997) -- Nominated nominated
for the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award
In stories set on airplanes, in restaurants, at
parties, and in assorted bedrooms, the bestselling author of "Bad Behavior"
entices readers to "listen in" on characters whom they may not want to
know--but whose secrets are irresistibly intriguing.
Powerful stories of dislocation, longing and
desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation
that is groping for human connection. (Or, more simply put, the angst of
Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying
(June 16, 2009), Dorothy Spears, ed.
Includes works by James Salter, Mary Gaitskill, David
Sedaris, Roald Dahl, and others
Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006
Carr and Mary Gaitskill, eds.
(1992) with Jeff Koons, Mary Gaitskill, and Thomas
Communion: Contemporary Writers Reveal the Bible in Their Lives
(1996) by David Rosenberg, ed.
See essay "Revelation"
Bestselling author David Rosenberg (The Book of J, written with
Harold Bloom) has used his penetrating insight and ecumenical scholarship
to bring together a spirited congregation of our most interesting,
provocative and beloved literary writers to explore the Christian
bible--the Old and New Testaments--in their lives. In a dazzling
collection of original essays that are by turns illuminating, reflective,
deeply personal and always revealing, writers as diverse as Joyce Carol
Oates and Kathleen Norris, David Bradley and Michael Dorris, search out
the literary traditions and spiritual meanings of specific books of the
Bible-from Genesis to Ecclesiastes, from the Gospel According to Saint
Matthew to the Gospel According to John-and examine how they conflict
with, challenge, contradict or elucidate their work, their inner lives and
the world around them. Entitled Communion, the collection embraces
writers from a wide variety of (primarily) Christian backgrounds; some
remain deeply religious, while others have fallen away from the traditions
and spirit of organized religion. But for each, the Bible has had a
lasting and often pivotal influence on their writing and their thought.
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