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Don't Cry

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 240
Subject: Fiction

Don't Cry

Mary Gaitskill

DON'T CRY is Mary Gaitskill's first collection of stories in over ten years, following her previous acclaimed collections, BAD BEHAVIOUR and BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO

9781781255957 (20 Jul 2017)

About the book

'An Old Virgin' describes a nurse's obsession with her forty-three-year-old patient's virginity; in the urban fable 'Mirrorball' a man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; 'College Town 1980' follows a group of listless young people adrift in Ann Arbor, debating the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; 'Folk Song' opens with a list of newspaper headlines before dissecting the lives of the characters behind the features, including a murderer who gives a prime-time interview and a woman from San Francisco attempting to break a world record by having sex with one thousand men.Full of jagged, lived emotion, broken people and powerful, original writing, Don't Cry is a testament to Gaitskill's formal range and incomparable excavation of character.

About the author

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry, and the novels Veronica and Two Girls Fat and Thin. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Prize Stories.


No writer understands and gratifies the voyeurism inherent in reading fiction better than Mary Gaitskill... Gaitskill writes with visceral power, with what sometimes feels like an exultantly destructive energy... They don't require suspense building toward a crisis and denouement, because they hold our attention with the promise of revealing what is ordinarily hidden from view.
Hold it fiercely. Glimpses of what characters would forbid us to see are seductive, immediately involving. They insist we keep looking, just as we would at a car wreck; keep eavesdropping, as we would on a couple fighting next door; keep reading, as we would a diary left open by accident. The fierce artistry of Gaitskill's writing, its weirdly graceful introduction of the sublime into the sordid

- Kathryn Harrison, New York Times

Praise for Mary Gaitskill: Gaitskill's work feels more real than real life and reading her leads to a place that feels like a sacred space.

- Boston Globe

Both stripped-bare fragile and 'fuck you' tough.

- Dazed & Confused

Gaitskill writes beautifully about the agonising emotions we often try to keep under wraps in real life.

- Grazia

A sensitive, astute and uncompromising exploration of the beauty and ugliness of human relationships

- Observer

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 240
Subject: Fiction

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