Because They Wanted To: StoriesSimon & Schuster #ad - An uncomprehending father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents. A callow runaway girl is stranded in a strange city with another woman’s fractiously needy children. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the author of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know.
Because they wanted to is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers at work today. A collection of startling and breathtaking stories about people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know. A new york times notable book a man tells a story to a woman sitting beside him on a plane, little suspecting what it reveals about his capacity for cruelty and contempt.
Veronica Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - 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. 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 moral power.
Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. A finalist for the national book award and National Book Critics Circle Award, here is an evocative novel about female friendship in the glittering 1980s.
Bad Behavior: StoriesSimon & Schuster #ad - A trade paperback reissue of national book award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation that is searching for human connection. Michiko kakutani of the new york Times called it “Pinteresque, ” saying, “Ms.
Gaitskill writes with such authority, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real… her reportorial candor, such radar-perfect detail, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut. ”. Now a classic: bad behavior made critical waves when it first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature.
Don't Cry: StoriesVintage #ad - 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.
Don't Cry: Stories #ad - 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 has come to be seen as stunningly emblematic of Gaitskill’s fiction. Mary gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories—her first in more than ten years.
This Is Pleasure: A StoryPantheon #ad - Gaitskill has said that fiction is the only way that she could approach this subject because it is too emotionally faceted to treat in the more rational essay form. But are they unforgivable? and who has the right to forgive him? To Quin’s friend Margot, the wrongdoing is less clear. Her belief in our ability to understand them, even when we don’t always admire them, is a gesture of humanity from one of our greatest contemporary writers.
Starting with bad behavior in the 1980s, Mary Gaitskill has been writing about gender relations with searing, even prophetic honesty. Alternating quin’s and margot’s voices and perspectives, infuriating and touching, one that reveals her characters as whole persons—hurtful and hurting, Gaitskill creates a nuanced tragicomedy, and always deeply recognizable.
This Is Pleasure: A Story #ad - The effervescent, a successful book editor and fixture on the New York arts scene, well-dressed Quin, has been accused of repeated unforgivable transgressions toward women in his orbit. In this is pleasure, she considers our present moment through the lens of a particular #MeToo incident. Her compliment to her characters—and to her readers—is that they are unvarnished and real.
The Mare: A Novel Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - Velveteen vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. The mare is raw, heart-stirring, and original. Her host family is a couple in upstate new york: ginger, Paul, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, who wonder what it will mean to “make a difference” in such a contrived situation.
Following her national book award–nominated veronica, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, and the horse who changes everything for her. Gaitskill illuminates their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet’s encounter with the horses at the stable down the road—especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl.
The Mare: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries #ad - . With strong supporting characters—velvet’s abusive mother, an eccentric horse trainer, a charismatic older boy who awakens Velvet’s nascent passion—The Mare traces Velvet’s journey between the vital, violent world of the inner city and the world of the small-town stable. In gaitskill’s hands, the timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with a timely story of people from different races and classes trying to meet one another honestly.
The Gin Closet: A NovelFree Press #ad - The gin closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between them. From the author of the new york times bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams and the memoir The Recovering, Leslie Jamison’s “exquisitely beautiful” San Francisco Chronicle novel about three generations of women and the inescapable brutality of love.
As a young woman, tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, drinking herself to the brink of death, after tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City—arrives on the doorstep of Tilly’s desert trailer.
The Gin Closet: A Novel #ad - The gin closet marks the debut of a stunning new talent in fiction. With an uncanny ear for dialogue and a witty, the beauties that clarify us, and power, love, unflinching candor about sex, the life we’re given is all we have: the cruelties that unhinge us, Leslie Jamison reminds us that no matter how unexpected its turns, the addictions that deform us, those fleeting possibilities of grace that fade as quickly as they come.
I Remember BeirutGraphic Universe TM #ad - Zeina abirached, author of the award-winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows, returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories. Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on outings to collect shrapnel from the sidewalk. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.
. She grew up in beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Abirached was born in Lebanon in 1981.
Some TrickNew Directions #ad - Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the travails of publishing, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, or success. The circumstances seem to attenuate. In various ways, not to say impedimental, each tale carries dewitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, to ratiocination.
”. Look, even in the face of situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, ” a character begins to explain, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a. M. Hailed a “best book of the year” by npr, gogol may come to mind, and the new york public Library, Vulture, Some Trick is now in paperbackFor sheer unpredictable brilliance, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, Publishers Weekly, most far-reaching dimensions of possibility.