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Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
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Jul 16, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

In 9 of out 10 pictures I hated this book. But in the tenth, I loved it...

This is not at all the book expected based on all the reviews and descriptions I read. I was expecting something brittle, cynical, knowing. Something social and tight. The models, the New York, the Eighties... I put off reading it for a long time because of that.

I don't blame reviewers too much - how could they get across how loopy, how interior, how deep and dense and mesmerizing this is, but --wow, no one even got close.

My only complaint, really, was that it took me so long to read. I had to go slowly, I had to go at her pace. I couldn't just rip through plot, skimming where I needed, racing for the good stuff. Oh no, no vacations here. It wasn't boring or slow, but I had to always pay attention or I'd miss something good.

Okay, just one more complaint. Comparing milkshakes to breast milk. I just can't go with her there.

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