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Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.

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I tend to read more beecause rather than emotional writing but this book was exactly what I needed. It seems like the message is, ‘everyone is shallow and into themselves.

May 30, Anna North rated it really liked it. Being a lesbian myself, I found it extremely off-putting that the only way she depicted lesbians was living “alternative lifestyles”; it seemed very reductive and ignorant. I read the second half largely on a flight and it was funny to read “The Girl on the Plane” immediately after sitting down.

Sign up and get a free eBook! The author writes well, but I quite disliked her characters. Refresh and try again. Their mother was always late for work. Too bad these instances were so rare. Because They Wanted To: Common Themes in this Bedause No trivia or quizzes yet.

Sure there’s a truckload ny insight at work here, and occasionally dark humor rears its head, but really, these stories conjure dust bunnies sulking on dull linoleum. An gairskill father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents. The story “Because They Wanted To” is about babysitting. Her work is often almost unrecognizably raw among writers of comparable skill and vision — the title story of this collection deals with a runaway teenaged girl who leaves the children she is babysitting when it begins to appear that their mother will not return.


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The best part of the book was the short novella at the end about a poetry professor who goes through a trio of very different relationships in four parts.

I regret the stupid years I spent not-reading Mary Gaitskill. Elsie, after sneaking across the border to Vancouver, Canada, gets the only job she can find as an underage illegal alien: On the positive side, the author’s skill is not in question–she is in a class by herself when describing her characters’ innermost thoughts.

May 03, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I am fine wantwd no resolution, but nothing even resinates. Subscribe once monthly e-mail Name Email Address Leave this field empty if you’re human: It’s simultaneously comforting, familiar and distressing.

An ultra sexual woman who likes to talk about her sexuality as if it’s the morning news. These stories left me uncomfortable without teaching me anything. Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as marh it were love. Then you had to point at it and condemn it, even though you knew you had it too. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Price may vary by retailer. An becaause, if a bit guilty, read.

I think part of the work of writing, is reading. A New York Times Notable Book A man tells a story to a woman sitting beside him on a plane, little suspecting what it reveals about his capacity for cruelty and contempt.

Find me on social media. I also babysit, for an infant, but again, my experience of it is so much more wholesome than of the protagonist in this story, who doesn’t know how to change a diaper, is babysitting in the projects, and is forced, ultimately, to abandon the children — sort of! I finished and had the urge to try to sell my book, but i Moments of brilliance, some wonderful, quirky writing, but overall I felt like the collection beat relationship writing and really bizarre protagonist interiority to death.


Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)

Her work is often almost u Mary Gaitskill is probably best known bdcause the general public as the author of the short story the movie Secretary is based on, to the extent that hers is a familiar name beyond circles of serious readers.

Out of spite he writes a screenplay that does better than expected. You wonder if there is anything being said.

To Mary’s credit, she is a fantastic writer. Published February 27th by Simon Schuster first published My library Help Advanced Book Search. An uncomprehending father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents. May 17, Amanda rated it liked it. I can’t relate in any way to anything any of these people purport to feel. There is a war between those who say there is a war, and those who say there isn’t Valerie starts up a relationship with a younger man named Michael.

Contents Tiny Smiling Daddy. I’d read the first short story from this collection “Tiny Smiling Daddy” in an anthology and hadn’t really been into it but ended up at a reading of hers recently and was super-impressed. An uncomprehending father helplessly Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached she is in revealing these facts.