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Two Girls, Fat and Thin
There's something about this book that you just don't want to put down, and something about it that you really don't want to touch. It's a long story of dysjunction and marginalization, self-torture and the ways people manage to hurt each other and somehow still find common ground. Gaitskill has a predilection for the eerie blurriness of sexuality, the place where tenderness and pathology intersect, and loneliness lies down with brutality. These shadowy encounters make up the economy of human relationships, for Gaitskill, which is kind of a bleak view. I can't say I would read this book again, but I can say it has stayed with me, and that her writing - with its searing honesty, its lucidity, its raw pain and its attention to the craft in each sentence - has informed and improved my own.
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