Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.

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Her work is often almost u Mary Gaitskill is probably best known among the general public as the author of the short story the movie Secretary is based on, to the extent that hers is a familiar name beyond circles of serious readers. I read the second half largely on a flight and it was funny to read “The Girl on the Plane” immediately after sitting down. This kind of image threads through the entire collection, so that not only are you invited like a voyeur to look in on characters’ kinky fantasies, sexual confessions, and haunting carnal performances, you’re treated to these same issues in Gaitskill’s writing aesthetic.

It made me laugh outloud more than anything in recent memory and yet it’s for the most part a very sad collection of stories about the pain and cruelty that people inflict in their attempts to love.

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We turn away at our own risk. In every story, I feel like I met real people, people who are I tend to read more thinky rather than emotional writing but this book was exactly what I needed.


You begin a story like that, and it’s brave and honest and true, and then I realize What you have to say about loneliness, longing, desperation, and the predatory and sad and silly and tender aspects of human nature rings true. Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels. Mary Gaitskill completely rocked: One image that struck me as such was from “The Girl on the Plane”–the narrator imagines the plane lifting off and tearing a hole in the sky.

Mary Gaitskill treats us to an array of flawed folk in this somewhat-seesawing-but-by-and-large-accomplished collection of short fiction. Her clean, precise writing style works so well against the emotional intensity of the stories. Henry Prize Stories Her tales are most successful when anchored by some sense of imposed temporality e.

Being a lesbian myself, I found it extremely off-putting th In general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts.

Jun 22, Justin rated it really liked it. The best way I can describe the stories is to say that even the one that ends happily involves a rape fantasy I feel gross just typing that. More books from this author: She lives in New York. It didn’t bother me that they were all seedy–that’s cool to read, actually. She was polite and almost seemed fragile until someone said something she disagreed with and she was quite intense in her response.

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. Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as if it were love.


Because They Wanted To

I heard her speak at a conference, which is why I bought gaitsklil book and had her sign it and thought I’d like her work. I’m not too compelled to read more of her work.

With that said, there were some stories that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes these transitions were clear, but a lot of the time I found myself backtracking and struggling to follow the narrative flow am I in the past or present right now?

In one novel, you will get a lot of in-depth investigation of any characters “issue,” but you also get a lot more complexity outside of that. Thanks for telling us about the bu.

I think part of the work of writing, is reading. I’ll take Wuthering Heights over the withering depths, no matter how deftly rendered and they are. May 30, Anna North rated it really liked it. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the gaitsiill of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know.

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Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Their mother was always late for work. Moments of brilliance, some wonderful, quirky writing, but overall I felt like the collection beat relationship writing and really bizarre protagonist interiority to death. Jul 24, Rose Gowen rated it it was amazing.