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Veronica A finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, here is an evocative novel about female friendship in the glittering sAlison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of s New York One is a young model stumbling away from the wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle aged office temp Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self sacrifice, love and mortality Moving seamlessly from present and past, casting a fierce yet compassionate eye on two eras and their fixations, the result is a work of timeless depth and moral power


About the Author: Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories 1993 and 2006 , and The O Henry Prize Stories 1998 She 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 Gaitskill has recounted in her essay Revelation becoming a born again Christian at age 21 but lapsing after six months.



10 thoughts on “Veronica

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    What stood out, most loudly and violently were images of beauty so intense they were almost warped some of these images were human The fashion model seemed suddenly at the centre of the cultural world, inextricably wound in with art, music and cinema These human images snagged my imagination, which twisted and turned reactively, picking and chewing over t


  2. Kalisa Hyman Kalisa Hyman says:

    Veronica by Mary Gaitskill came very highly recommended It was on a lot of best of lists and I d actually had it on my list of To Read for a while This was a book that I couldn t finish and that is a real dilemma for me When I m not enjoying a book at all, I never know whether to quit or keep going If I don t like it early on, I feel like I owe it to at lea


  3. Krok Zero Krok Zero says:

    I bet I d be really inspired by this novel if I were a fiction writer Mary Gaitskill sees the world through no eyes but her own, and she communicates that worldview with an unyielding series of remarkably inventive metaphors and physical descriptions, interspersed with prose poem reveries in which Gaitskill abandons standard literary psychology to focus entir


  4. Holly Holly says:

    In Veronica, Alison, an aging model, whose body is wracked with pain and disease, looks back on her life in snapshots, as if she is flipping through a portfolio of memories In her prime, Alison was beautiful and flawed She related to the world with vanity, but also with a vague sadness and misunderstanding She tells her stories as if her life is over in her 40s


  5. Cornelia Cornelia says:

    I read Veronica over the course of roughly 1.5 days sleep, work, play also took up some time It was addictive and mesmerizing and delirious and stunning and beautiful and expansive and breathless and depressing and hard and devastating and wonderful Not everyone will love it and I ve no trouble seeing why Still, it really hit the spot for me.The structure is line


  6. Jack Jack says:

    I mean, I fight my middle age at every turn But some days you re just cranky about things younger writers, younger people Younger subjects Mary Gaitskill can bring out the crank in anyone Or maybe just anyone my age She is a terrific writer, and an adept wordsmith And I sorta hated this book, and knew I should like itOur heroine, Alison, is a terminally jaded young


  7. Debbie Debbie says:

    If you are looking for a dark, gritty book look no further Even though the story bounces from past to present in every chapter, once you get used to the writing style and can focus on the plot watch out The plot is intense, upsetting and wonderfully gloomy, all warped together Lots to take in For the most part it was an OK read I enjoyed the darkness while catching t


  8. Caitlin Constantine Caitlin Constantine says:

    As far as the story itself, I thought it was lackluster and a bit pretentious I appreciated what Gaitskill was trying to do, that she was trying to explore notions of superficiality and depth when it comes to personal interactions I also liked that she gave her two main characters, these women who are by turns pitiful and infuriatingly self destructive, a sense of dign


  9. Pamela Pamela says:

    I found this book so powerful that I couldn t write about it right away I ve had an ambivalent relationship to other work by Gaitskill I d only read her stories, not her other novel I m fascinated by it but sometimes repelled The people and the situations often seemed ugly to the point that I wondered if an unconscious sadism wasn t at work Then I d wonder if that was on


  10. Emily Emily says:

    I picked up Mary Gaitskill s 2006 novel Veronica as part of my ongoing disgust project, and indeed it is a rich depository of fascinating uses of disgust Yet I find I can t bear to write simply about the disgust in the book, without addressing its greater appeal I consciously avoid pronouncements about the Canon, which books are Great and which merely Good, or anything of


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