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Don't Cry by Mary Gaitskill
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Jan 12, 2009

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Read in July, 2009

Only a couple of the stories felt like classic Gaitskill to me -- uniquely bleak, with focus on unsettling physical description, undercurrents of repulsion and decay, plots circling around social alienation and seemingly unavoidable, sexually debased exploitation that occurs within human relationships. The rest of the stories had a mellower, much more explicitly forgiving feel to them. These were more comfortable to read and I am fascinated and glad that Gaitskill can change and evolve as a writer, and is not trapped within the stark, hopeless voice of her previous work. Still, that voice was pretty compelling and distinct. The new stories feel more ordinary, for better or for worse.

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