Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill is an American author known for her works of fiction, including novels, essays, and short stories. Her writing often explores themes of sexuality, emotional conflict, and the complexities of human relationships.


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  1. 1. Bad Behavior: Stories

    "Bad Behavior: Stories" is a collection of short stories that delve into the darker, often unexplored aspects of human relationships and behavior. The narrative navigates through the complex world of love, lust, power, and obsession, focusing on characters who are often marginalized or misunderstood. The stories provide a raw, unfiltered view of human nature, exploring themes of sexual deviance, emotional vulnerability, and societal norms.

    The 1978th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Veronica

    The novel revolves around a woman named Alison, who was once a fashion model in Paris and New York during the 1980s. The story is told in a non-linear fashion, flashing back and forth between her glamorous past and her present life as a middle-aged, low-paid office worker suffering from Hepatitis C. She reflects on her complex and toxic friendship with the titular character, Veronica, an older, eccentric woman who eventually dies from AIDS. The book explores themes of beauty, youth, mortality, and the harsh realities of life.

    The 2127th Greatest Book of All Time