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Mary Gaitskill

USA flag (b.1954)

Mary Gaitskill married writer Peter Trachtenberg in 2001. As of 2005, she lived in New York City; Gaitskill has previously lived in Toronto, San Francisco, and Marin County, CA, as well as attending the University of Michigan where she earned her B.A. and won a Hopwood Award.

Series contributed to
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : Veronica

Mary Gaitskill recommends
Bastard Out of Carolina (1992)
Dorothy Allison
"Resonant, emotionally complex and strong as hell."
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (2009)
(Myths, book 11)
Dubravka Ugrešić
"A strange and wonderful book."
Double Happiness (2010)
Mary-Beth Hughes
"These stories are devastating, poignant, desparate, and true."
The Talented Ribkins (2017)
Ladee Hubbard
"The Talented Ribkins is a charming and delightful debut novel with a profound heart, and Ladee Hubbard’s voice is a welcome original."
Dominicana (2019)
Angie Cruz
"Dominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word."
How to Pronounce Knife (2020)
Souvankham Thammavongsa
"These poignant and deceptively quiet stories are powerhouses of feeling and depth; How to Pronounce Knife is an artful blend of simplicity and sophistication."
Luster (2020)
Raven Leilani
"The narrative voice of this startling novel is layered, complex, pitch-black comic, and deadly earnest, even ardent in its will to sift through the chaos and idiocy of our madhouse culture and find some glimpse of human reality. Raven Leilani is intellectually supple and steely at the same time; she thinks and perceives blessedly outside any kind of norm. She has made a truly lustrous piece of art."
Alien Stories (2021)
E C Osondu
"Osondu looks at the human condition in all its poignant absurdity; with observant wonder and subtle humor, he portrays our capacity for heartbreak, resilience, love, courage, sorrow, and most of all, our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together."
The Days of Afrekete (2021)
Asali Solomon
"The Days of Afrekete is a subtle, unique novel about the power of feeling between young women, and how even seemingly ephemeral relationships can affect a life across decades of personal and social change. It is a haunting and redemptive story."

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