A profound, important novel about how love and family are shaped by place, race and class
Visceral and haunting, and the telling, with its shifting first person narrative, is nothing short of masterful.
A poignant, beautiful coming of age story about race, class and motherhood.
Gaitskill's work feels more real than real life and reading her leads to a place that feels like a sacred space.
Velvet is that most wonderful of fictional creations: a convincing child who manages to be a captivating and perceptive narrator.
Gaitskill's novel is not a children's book, but it is a book about what children long for, and how we long for the same thing many years after we've left childhood behind
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