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Mary Gaitskill - Author

About the Author

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry, and the novels Veronica and Two Girls Fat and Thin. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

Featured books by Mary Gaitskill

The Mare

The Mare

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Ginger is in her forties and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul. When it becomes clear it's too late for her to have a baby of her own, she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child from a previous marriage and is ten years older than her, so doesn't share her longing to be a parent at any cost. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, and so one hot July day eleven year old Velveteen Vargas, a Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods, arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's rapturous attention. While Velvet returns her affection, she finds the intensity of it bewildering. Velvet's own passions are more excited by the stables nearby, where she discovers she has a natural talent for riding and a deep affinity with the damaged horses cared for there. But when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting her, things start to get complicated for everyone involved.

The Mare

The Mare

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2016

Ginger is in her forties and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul. When it becomes clear it's too late for her to have a baby of her own, she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child from a previous marriage and is ten years older than her, so doesn't share her longing to be a parent at any cost. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, and so one hot July day eleven year old Velveteen Vargas, a Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods, arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's rapturous attention. While Velvet returns her affection, she finds the intensity of it bewildering. Velvet's own passions are more excited by the stables nearby, where she discovers she has a natural talent for riding and a deep affinity with the damaged horses cared for there. But when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting her, things start to get complicated for everyone involved.

Other books by Mary Gaitskill

Don't Cry

Don't Cry

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2017

'An Old Virgin' describes a nurse's obsession with her forty-three-year-old patient's virginity; in the urban fable 'Mirrorball' a man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; 'College Town 1980' follows a group of listless young people adrift in Ann Arbor, debating the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; 'Folk Song' opens with a list of newspaper headlines before dissecting the lives of the characters behind the features, including a murderer who gives a prime-time interview and a woman from San Francisco attempting to break a world record by having sex with one thousand men. Full of jagged, lived emotion, broken people and powerful, original writing, Don't Cry is a testament to Gaitskill's formal range and incomparable excavation of character.

The Mare

The Mare

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Ginger is in her forties and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul. When it becomes clear it's too late for her to have a baby of her own, she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child from a previous marriage and is ten years older than her, so doesn't share her longing to be a parent at any cost. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, and so one hot July day eleven year old Velveteen Vargas, a Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods, arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's rapturous attention. While Velvet returns her affection, she finds the intensity of it bewildering. Velvet's own passions are more excited by the stables nearby, where she discovers she has a natural talent for riding and a deep affinity with the damaged horses cared for there. But when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting her, things start to get complicated for everyone involved.

Die Stute

Die Stute

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2017

Fur zwei Wochen darf die junge Velvet ihren armlichen Verhaltnissen entfliehen und Ferien in einem landlichen Vorort machen. In dieser gehobenen Umgebung erregt Velvet sofort Aufmerksamkeit; doch nicht nur ihre Gastmutter, sondern auch ein besonderes Pferd werden ihr Leben nachhaltig verandern. Velvet wohnt mit ihrer alleinerziehenden Mutter ohne Englischkenntnisse und dem jungeren Bruder in einem Armenviertel New Yorks. Sie ist elf Jahre alt, als sie im Rahmen eines Austauschprogramms ins idyllische Rhinebeck kommt. Velvets dunkle Hautfarbe fallt in dem wohlhabenden, weien Wohnort sofort auf; zudem eckt das Madchen mit seinem vorlauten Verhalten uberall an. Doch Gastmutter Ginger empfangt Velvet mit offenen Armen. Nach ihrem Aufenthalt bricht der Kontakt zwischen den beiden nicht ab. Aber erst eine menschenscheue Stute lasst Velvet wachsen und begreifen, worauf es im Leben wirklich ankommt.

Veronica

Veronica

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2016

Alison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of 1980s New York: one is a former modelling sensation, stumbling away from the wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle-aged proofreader with a meticulous eye. Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. Moving seamlessly between the glamorous and gritty '80s, when beauty and style gave licence to excess, and the broken world of the decade's survivors twenty years later, Gaitskill casts a fierce yet compassionate eye on the two eras and their fixations. Veronica masterfully evokes the fragility and mystery of human relationships in a world where love is rife with frightening artificiality. Evocative, raw and entirely unique, Veronica was shortlisted for the prestigious 2005 National Book Award in the USA.

The Mare

The Mare

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2016

Ginger is in her forties and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul. When it becomes clear it's too late for her to have a baby of her own, she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child from a previous marriage and is ten years older than her, so doesn't share her longing to be a parent at any cost. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, and so one hot July day eleven year old Velveteen Vargas, a Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods, arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's rapturous attention. While Velvet returns her affection, she finds the intensity of it bewildering. Velvet's own passions are more excited by the stables nearby, where she discovers she has a natural talent for riding and a deep affinity with the damaged horses cared for there. But when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting her, things start to get complicated for everyone involved.

Bad Behavior

Bad Behavior

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2016

This is a 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 as it searches for human connection.Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill's arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as a sharp, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writer of contemporary literature.Stories included here are "e;Daisy's Valentine,"e; "e;A Romantic Weekend,"e; "e;Something Nice,"e; "e;An Affair, Edited,"e; "e;Connection,"e; "e;Trying to Be,"e; "e;Secretary,"e; "e;Other Factors,"e; and "e;Heaven."e;

Don't Cry

Don't Cry

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 31/12/2015

Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories-her first in more than ten years.In "e;College Town 1980,"e; young people adrift in Ann Arbor, Michigan, debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale "e;Mirror Ball,"e; a young man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; and in "e;The Little Boy,"e; a woman haunted by the death of her husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter with a needy child.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.

Mare

Mare

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2015

From the author of Veronica, a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction, comes Mary Gaitskill's most poignant and powerful work yet: the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.Velveteen Vargas is an eleven-year-old from Brooklyn who is granted a summer vacation in the country, courtesy of the nonprofit Fresh Air Fund. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist on the fringe of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Paul, an academic who wonders what it will mean to "e;make a difference"e; in such a contrived situation. Here we see the couple's changing relationship with Velvet over the course of several years, as well as Velvet's powerful encounter with the horses at the stable down the road, as Gaitskill weaves together Velvet's vital inner-city community and the privileged country world of Ginger and Paul.The timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with the story of people from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds trying to meet one another honestly. It is a novel that is raw, striking, and completely original.

Today I'm Yours

Today I'm Yours

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection It was the first autumn of the Iraq War, when Ella saw Dani again. ';Today I'm Yours' is a story of seduction and layered memory, a love affair fifteen years past but not forgottenfrom the author of the National Book Award nominated and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Veronica. Mary Gaitskill is widely acclaimed as a caustically sharp observer of American culture high and low, of bodily temptations and sensual intelligence. A selection from Gaitskill's story collection, Don't Cry, a New York Times Notable Book. An eBook short.

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006

Author: Mary Gaitskill, Daphne Carr Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2009

Whether you count yourself a member of the hip-hop nation, bang your head yearly at Ozzfest, wear a cowboy hat, or dance to the top twenty, you're sure to find something to love in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006. Gathering a rich array of writing by music journalists, novelists, and scribes from a wide range of sources-highbrow literary quarterlies to 'zines and blogs--Da Capo Best Music Writing is a multi-voiced snapshot of the year in music writing that, like the music it illuminates, is every bit as thrilling as it is revealing.

Veronica

Veronica

Author: Mary Gaitskill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2007

The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Veronica is about flesh and spirit, vanity, mortality, and mortal affection. Set mostly in Paris and Manhattan in the desperately glittering 1980s, it has the timeless depth and moral power of a fairy tale.As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of fashion-modeling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York City to build a new life. There she meets Veronicaan older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal office kit and a plaque that reads Still Anal After All These Years. Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alisons reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronicas terrible descent into the then-uncharted realm of AIDS. The memory of their friendship will continue to haunt Alison years later, when she, too, is aging and ill and is questioning the meaning of what she experienced and who she became during that time. Masterfully layering time and space, thought and sensation, Mary Gaitskill dazzles the reader with psychological insight and a mystical sense of the souls hurtling passage through the world. A novel unlike any other, Veronica is a tour de force about the fragility and mystery of human relationships, the failure of love, and loves abiding power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and formal beauty.

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