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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He liked the idea in fact. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Spending the night in an empty apartment belonging to his grandmother, the weekend becomes a disaster. Gaitdkill is a fine writer.

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Retrieved February 2, I too could be chilly and sharp. People who want to look naughty but not really be naughty.

Most times, these stories eschew character, plot, setting, metaphor, or really doing much deeper work of examination in psychology, theme, motif, etc. Is a puppy’s nose receptive?

Bad Behavior

Mary Gaitskill’s Debut Collection Turns In an interview, Gaitskill discussed what she was trying to convey about Justine via her sadomasochistic impulses:. I think the only story that she’s ever written …more I read it when I was 14, and gairskill was way too adult for me. The characters in each of her stories grapple with the messiness of being human, and of memory and its slippery nature.

I am sure that was what Gaitskill was trying to capture–the lack of foundation or the semblance of security that we feel that we have in our lives, yet life gxitskill a way to constantly put you in your place, letting you know that as wonderful as your dreams or plans may be, there will always be a catch and life is messy and chaotic, and don’t you wish things were simpler like when you were a child, but wait, that pretty much sucked as well.


People were worried by it. Its characters are just what I love in an indulgent read: No trivia or quizzes yet. I was OK but I thought: 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 of a few things, and they seemed sort of worth saying but when I got home I decided to look at a review I wrote about three and half years ago for the other Mary Gaitskill collection I’d read, and Behavilr found that some of the very witty things I thought of saying I’d actually already said in less witty formats.

Lily’s presence in Virginia’s life began as a series of late-night phone calls and wild letters from Anne. He lies for no reason, telling the girl that he’s a corporate lawyer, regretting it when he later learns that she’s an animal lover.

Chrissy is completely flabbergasted about why her friend would turn to such work to which her friend responds: She was in love with the idea of intelligence, and she overestimated her own.

Susan realized that almost anything you talked about with this girl would seem important. Then in ‘Secretary’ Debby describes the lawyer with “it felt like he could have put his hand through my rib cage, grabbed my heart, squeezed it a little to see how it felt, then let go. Although I am not a woman, most of my past friendships have been with women, and I find myself obsessing over the loss of these friendships or betrayal or disappointment within these friendships in very simi I still have a story and a half to finish, but I feel ready to jot a quick review.


Perhaps I’d just gone too far into ‘Gaitskill World’ by that point to take the change of pace. She married writer Peter Trachtenberg in I loved everysingleone of these stories and that rarely happens for me re: I’m not sure if the end of the book was better or if, by reading through the beginning, I began to connect better with Gaitskill’s style.

Virginia is strong, satisfied, resilient; she’s also prideful, inconsiderate, insulated. I find the outside world too depressing. View all 9 comments.

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I like being inside of Virginia’s weird consciousness, and how much feeling bar author can wring out of writing about a character who does not in fact feel every little bump in the road. All the stories in this collection are related by a common theme of people longing for connection with either semi-strangers or with someone from their past who doesn’t care to ever see them again.

Why do the Johns in these stories frequent prostitutes? Sep 02, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Gaitxkill is perhaps best known for her short story Secretarywhich behaior featured in this collection – and was made into a movie starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenahaal. This collection of short stories was well-written, incredibly so, but the content and the lack of “there” there, the emptiness of it all, was disconcerting to me.