Because They Wanted to: Stories

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Fiction - 254 pages
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"Gaitskill's complex, urgent characters struggle with the disparity between what they want and what they know. Longing for emotional connection, they often mistake debasement for passion, manipulation for affection, cruelty for intensity. In "Tiny, Smiling Daddy," a father suffers his ambivalent love for a daughter who has betrayed him - perhaps justly. In "The Girl on the Plane," a disillusioned salesman must face his participation in a brutal act he has almost forgotten. In "Kiss and Tell," a writer seeks revenge on a woman who rejected him, only to find that once he has achieved it, he no longer wants it. In "The Wrong Thing," a lonely, emotionally injured woman involved in a set of skewed, apparently trivial sexual encounters unexpectedly discovers her own life-giving reserve of humility, gentleness, and compassion."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This is the collection that includes "Tiny, Smiling Daddy" which I read in High School from an anthology of fiction. Not until I read it again here did I fully understand the weight of the story ... Read full review

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Mary Gaitskill's novel, Veronica, was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award and was one of The New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Because They Wanted To and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her short story "Secretary" was the basis for the film of the same name. She lives in New York.

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