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Kathryn HarrisonNo writer understands and gratifies the voyeurism inherent in reading fiction better than Mary Gaitskill. Don't Cry,…confirms what made Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To such idiosyncratic and memorable books. She has a perturbing ability to generate what seems as much a vivisection as a narrative, slicing through her characters to expose interior lives that are more often "broken or incomplete" than in any way admirable…Because her subject is intimacy, often but not necessarily sexual, because she has a gift for inventing details that feel authentic, as if excised from an unwitting, living victim, Mary Gaitskill commands her readers' attention as few fiction writers can.
—The New York Times