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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Tiny Smiling Daddy
11
Because They Wanted To
25
Orchid
59
Copyright

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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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