Amazon Best of the Month, March 2009: Mary Gaitskill has a reputation as the chronicler of bad relationships, but that label doesn't do justice to the stories she tells. Her relationships turn bad, or turn good, or just turn (and turn and turn). In every exploitation there's an attraction, or at least an accommodation; in every hostility there's a yearning for, or at least a memory of, connection. You see the intensity of people--friends and family as well as lovers--drawn together, and the often equally intense emptiness when the magnet flips and repels. Gaitskill is one of our best short story writers (that's a label that's fully just) and the prickly, sad brilliance of her last book, Veronica, confirmed her as a master of the novel, too. Don't Cry is just her third story collection in 20 years, after the modern classics Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, and it reminds you immediately of why you've been longing to read her again. Once more, there are former lovers and ex-friends and parents and children who have not quite made a hash of things, but there's also a broadening in this collection, especially in the title story, which looks at the ties of family and friendship when they are stretched across the global distance of privilege and poverty. --Tom Nissley--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ranging from gritty realism to fanciful allegory, the stories in Don’t Cry push the boundaries of fiction in several directions. Populated by peculiar but always authentic characters with bizarre dreams and fantasies, Gaitskill’s stories lack conventional plots, timelines, and mounting suspense, but she keeps readers rapt with the promise of exposing the darkest recesses of human nature. The subtle balance between her spare, clinical prose and the uncomfortably private thoughts and feelings she brings to light give these stories their edge; yet intermittent moments of grace and hope keep her work accessible. Though critics disagreed over which stories were the best, they all praised her pitiless eye, psychological insight, and unsettling ability to turn readers into voyeurs.
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I picked up Mary Gaitskill's "Don't Cry" after a fiction writing instructor (at a continuing ed course I took) told me that my writing was reminding him of her style, which... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cassandra144
I'm a fan of Mary Gaitskill's novels, but this collection of stories disappointed me. While some of the stories are pretty good, there are also some real duds in this collection,... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Melissa N.
I read somewhere that this was a book of stories about disaffected people. It's true, it is. The people in this book have problems and sometimes you want to scream at them,... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by V. Irene Vega
Each story is a poignant little self-contained gem. Gaitskill puts her pen to the pulse of what makes people tick. (how's that for a metaphor? Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by janiajania
As my work hours grew longer and I did more business travel, I switched from reading novels to short stories every night. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Mary Gaitskill is a talented writer, and these stories carry surprising revelations at every turn. She is attuned to the details of the way woman think of themselves, how we... Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Annie
Mary Gaitskill invariably lifts the facades and personas of everyday life to present the human condition with raw power. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by reader sam
From the powerful pen of Mary Gaitskill comes DON'T CRY, her first collection of short stories in more than a decade. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Bookreporter
I've really enjoyed Mary Gaitskill's other work. The perspectives in Don't Cry, however, are much too negative for me. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by Annaconda