This collection of nine stories "marks the debut of a promising and provocative new voice," PW remarked. These are tales of sexual obsession, drug addiction, the darkest sides of interpersonal relationships. "Writing about human nature at its most perverse and hopeless, Gaitskill has created an intimate and almost beautiful series of images." Author tour.
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"Pinteresque...Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real...[her] reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm...underscores the strength of her debut." -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Ferocious, terrifying stories, skillful as they are scary. Gaitskill's voice and talents are wonderfully new, as honest as rain, and as welcome in a long, dry season." -- Alice Adams
"A thrilling journey into the deep anxieties of romance and desire...Stunning." -- Frederick Exley
"Stubbornly original, with a sort of rhythm and fine moments that flatten you out when you don't expect it, these stories are a pleasure to read." -- Alice Munro
Darkly twisted and tingly with the unusual thrill of the bad. I enjoyed the stories. This book takes you a ride unimagined.Published 2 months ago by Book Thirsty
Excellent, evocative stories. I devoured them, even the second time round years later.Published 4 months ago by Sylvia Weil
Although well written, the stories in this book are unrelentingly depressing. Scarcely a spark of real humor or hope diffuses the over all sense of bleakness. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. McL
Amazon, when you said that others who purchased the S&M handbook also viewed this one, I thought you were crazy. I still do, Amazon, and you don't make for a very talkative friend. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JD
The sample was a nice teaser, but i feel like it mislead me. Wish I had returned it in time. feel like reading an indie love story movie.Published 6 months ago by Athena Kyle
I enjoyed this book of stories even more the second time I read it. I can't wait for Mary Gaitskill's next book to become available. .Published 7 months ago by meltdowngraphics
Practically perfect in every way. Will write more abt it soon. Eeeeasily one of the best ss collections I've had the pleasure of reading and Gaitskill has earned my trust. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leesa Cross-Smith