"Of course there’s something there; unfortunately, there’s always something ‘there.’ Something you will one day be sorry you saw."
- Mary Gaitskill, from Veronica
What could be more exciting than discovering an author who truly resonates with you? When, after reading just one book, you know that your summer is going to be spent consuming ever word they have ever written.
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill is a story about an unusual friendship between two women, one young and beautiful and one old and dying of Aids. With precise yet dreamy prose Gaitskill is uncompromising when it comes to writing about the complexity of the human experience. Cruelty, empathy, beauty, sorrow and ugliness all get their due as the characters in this novel search for the space and strength to exist within their own contradictions.
Today I started on a borrowed copy of Because They Wanted To- a collection of twelve short stories.