Bad Behaviorby Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill's territory in this highly acclaimed collection of short stories is the bedrooms of the urban fringe, where tenderness melds with cruelty and pornography with romance. Etched in acid and touched with grace, Bad Behavior shows us rebellious, vulnerable men and women groping for human connection - knowing that any connection is fraught with danger.
"Ferocious, terrifying stories, skillful as they are scary. Gaitskill's voice and talents are wonderfully new, as honest as rain, and as welcome in a long, dry season." Alice Adams
"A thrilling journey into the deep anxieties of romance and desire...Stunning." Frederick Exley
"Stubbornly original, with a sort of rhythm and fine moments that flatten you out when you don't expect it, these stories are a pleasure to read." Alice Munro
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Meet the Author
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.
- New York, New York
- Date of Birth:
- November 11, 1954
- Place of Birth:
- Lexington, Kentucky
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1980
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This collection of short stories is my absolute favorite. I purchased it around the release of the film "Secretary" and enjoyed not only that story, but the entire collection of dysfunctional relationships Gaitskill magnificently captures set in the 80s. I was surprised to read the differences between the film and written version of "Secretary", but it blends seamlessly into the atmosphere created of persons searching for love in any manner they can find it. A darkly humorous take on using pain to illustrate connections that can occur, no matter how fleeting. Great if you like love stories that aren't standard or typical love stories.