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Powerful stories of dislocation, longing and desire depicting a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe.
"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
|A Romantic Weekend||31|
|An Affair, Edited||74|
|Trying to Be||105|
Posted October 7, 2010
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.
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Posted February 6, 2010
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