Bad Behavior: Stories (Paperback)
Mary Gaitskill is the QUEEN of character description. Her sentences snap with wit and specificity, and every page or two you'll hit a line that captures the human condition so precisely... its magic. Here's one: “At times she had thought that this was the only kind of connection you could have with people—intense, inexplicable and ultimately incomplete.”
These stories are not for the faint of heart--some are graphically sexual in a way that Gaitskill has become famous for--but she handles even the most intimate encounters masterfully, and they always have a purpose. The best way to read this collection is cover to cover; you won't want to skip a single story. If you like Ottessa Moshfegh, you'll love Gaitskill!
Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it “Pinteresque,” saying, “Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real…her reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut.”
"Ferocious, terrifying stories, skillful as they are scary. Gaitskill's voice and talents are wonderfully new, as honest as rain, and as welcome in a long, dry season." -- Alice Adams
"A thrilling journey into the deep anxieties of romance and desire...Stunning." -- Frederick Exley
"Stubbornly original, with a sort of rhythm and fine moments that flatten you out when you don't expect it, these stories are a pleasure to read." -- Alice Munro