Don't Cry by Mary Gaitskill
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Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories—her first in more than ten years. In “College Town l980,” young people adrift in Ann Arbor debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale “Mirrorball,” a young man steals a girl’s soul during a one-night stand; in “The Little Boy,” a woman haunted by the death of her former husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter with a needy child. Each story delivers the powerful, original language, and the dramatic engagement of the intelligent mind with the craving body—or of the intelligent body with the craving mind—that has come to be seen as stunningly emblematic of Gaitskill’s fiction.


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About Mary Gaitskill

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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.
 
Published February 18, 2009 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mary Gaitskill implicates the reader in what feels like a violation of her own characters, whose lives are more often broken than in any way admirable.

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BC Books

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The short story is rendered with powerful clarity in Mary Gaitskill's Don't Cry

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Star Tribune

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These 10 new stories echo some of Gaitskill's earlier themes. But they show more power and sophistication, and a wiser, more substantial voice.

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Book Reporter

This is not an optimistic collection of stories, and the.

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AV Club

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This National Book Award finalist is known first and foremost for her short-story collections. Here's why.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

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Daily Camera

Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill.

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Chronogram

A cruel bluntness marks “College Town, 1980,” while emotional and sexual obsession leaven “A Dream of Men.” For those who laud Gaitskill as a feminist, she plays a cagey game with the concept in “The Agonized Face.” Mistaken as a merciless writer, Gaitskill simply knows that love is more commonly...

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