Because They Wanted To: Stories
A collection of startling and breathtaking stories about people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know.
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. A callow runaway girl is stranded in a strange city with another woman’s fractiously needy children. An uncomprehending father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the author of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know. Because They Wanted To is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers at work today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rocketjk - LibraryThing
This is a terrific collection of longish short stories by a writer with a very keen eye for the human condition and ear for language. In every story, I feel like I met real people, people who are ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pharmakos555 - LibraryThing
In short, a book about relationships and sex for grown-ups. Gaitskill’s characters occupy a mean, raw world; they are vulnerable, confused, and desperate, trying to find something (usually each other ... Read full review