Books by Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill (b. 1954) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of a teacher and a social worker. She had what she describes as a difficult adolescence, running away from home at sixteen to become a stripper and spending time in mental institutions


SOMEBODY WITH A LITTLE HAMMER by Mary Gaitskill
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Gaitskill has not published a memoir, but this collection makes that prospect tantalizing."
Glimpses of a writer's life through a miscellany of reviews, anecdotes, and musings. Read full book review >
THE MARE by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."
A young Dominican girl from the mean streets of Brooklyn forges a relationship with a white woman living in a bucolic upstate town and learns to love horses and respect herself. Read full book review >
DON’T CRY by Mary Gaitskill
Released: March 26, 2009

"Another accomplished collection from an American original."
Gaitskill (Veronica, 2005, etc.) returns with a fierce and fearless collection of stories. Read full book review >
BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2009 by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Gaitskill's selections are surprisingly quiet—there are no shock-value moments, just painstakingly good prose, fine plotting and efficiently drawn characters."
An outstanding celebration of short fiction culled from writing workshops across America. Read full book review >
VERONICA by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A gorgeous, articulate novel that is at once an unflinching meditation on degradation and a paean to deliverance."
Gaitskill, whose story "Secretary" was made into a 2002 film of the same name, returns with this ravishing novel about a friendship between a young fashion model and an unattractive older woman dying of AIDS. Read full book review >
BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Gaitskill continues to explore the margins of human sexuality in stories distinguished by their strange terrain rather than by their exceptional skill."
Gaitskill's second collection is a return to the themes of her first, Bad Behavior (1988): Bad girls misbehave and end up as profiles in sexual pathology. Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS, FAT AND THIN by Mary Gaitskill
Released: Feb. 27, 1991

After the flashy debut of her story collection, Bad Behavior, Gaitskill's first novel seems downright demure. Read full book review >