A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and. This collection of nine stories by Avery Hopwood Award-winner Gaitskill marks the debut of a promising and provocative new voice. These are tales of sexual. Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, ) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story Gaitskill attempted to find a publisher for four years before her first book, the short story collection Bad Behavior, was published in The first four.

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That was someone who rang my doorbell at 3am and I would let him in so he could tell me I was worthless. I bought this collection of short stories for the exploration of sex and relationships that it promised the back cover copy claims its territory “is the bedrooms of the urban fringe, where tenderness melds with cruelty and pornography with romance”.

It goes behaviof for almost 30 pages, the time structure sloshes, and the narration mostly takes the form of snapshots, short chunks of text concerning particular memories that Virginia has of her life with her husband and children. One of the more obvious questions he had asked me was, “Debby, do you ever have the sensation gaitxkill being outside yourself, almost as if you can actually watch yourself from another place?

Anyone who always finds themselves wondering how to write a short story with a mainstream structure while not writing mainstream baf white males in middle age reflecting on childhood, anyone? Nov 11, Erin Rouleau rated it it was amazing. I’m leaving it at a three, because her command of language still didn’t do it for me–I could almost say she was showing off with her language, but it wasn’t good enough to be show-offy–but now it’s more of a three-and-a-half than a solid three.


It is a about a weekend between two people who barely know eachother, and it is everything BUT romantic. I assumed, reading The Marethat in some ways Gaitskill was drawing on her own adolescence in creating the interior life of Velvet.

This is what I think of your love. The fact that women are harassed, that they are seen as sexual objects, that they are abused, this is all taken for granted in this book. Fiction Short stories interviews. Even more unsettling, I am deeply familiar with every crimped ambition, tainted motive and blurred rationalization of the part-time prostitutes, full-time lechers and would-be creative giants that leaks through in these queasy, heartrending bbehavior of the individual and global entropy that seems to be the bedrock of civilized society.

I’d probably wait to share the rest until she was around 25, and then only if you are not gaitskil, to her. She has taught literature and creative writing at universities for much of that time, and detailed some of her singular interior life in unflinching essays and memoirs. Sep 18, Tim Jones-Yelvington rated it really liked it. When women want to spice up their sex lives, they don’t actually “use” anyone, they just use their imaginations and read behvaior Shades of Grey?

OK, behavlor really, but for once I wanted to be wrong. When I reviewed the stories that stood out for me, most of them had this theme, particularly “Connection,” “Other Factors,” and “Heaven,” which are all clustered together at the end.


The first Mary Gaitskill stories–including the famous ‘Secretary’ of the James Saper infamous movie of same name–and in many ways, her very bets writing.

I thought this book was profound, intriguing, and original in the choice of subject matter. Overall, this book is a good, easy-to-read, thinking woman’s collection.

Sure, no one in this book has a cell phone. They are often too tired to even try. Virginia has her ups and downs, but ultimately, she is a woman who cannot help but savor the world. However, little glimpses of something kept me going. Years ago, I was lucky enough to have her as a visiting professor in co The first Mary Gaitskill stories–including the famous ‘Secretary’ of the James Saper infamous movie of same name–and in many ways, her very bets writing.

Why is Bad Behavior So Good? | Literary Hub

Which I don’t know if you’ve seen that but it’s sexy. And it wasn’t such a bad feeling at all. They talked about leather gloves, high heels and their favorite writers. The stories do shock you, but Gaitskill allows the characters and their gaitsmill, drug-filled, sexually unfulfilled, disenchanted lives an This collection of stories is difficult to pin down effectively enough to give a rating to.

Bad Behavior

Topics Mary Gaitskill The Observer. Did the unqualified nature of that emotion shock her? These are not, in any case, sexy stories.

Books by Mary Gaitskill.