Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.

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Books by Mary Gaitskill. I’ll take Wuthering Heights over the withering depths, no matter how deftly rendered and they are.

So, thank you Emily, for recommending this book which would resonate with my life in so many marj. A New York Times Notable Book A man tells a story to a woman sitting beside him on a plane, little suspecting what it reveals about his capacity for cruelty and contempt.

I enjoyed how she would write sort ro common narratives from the “other” point of view, but make them complex characters. One review on the cover says that they are too rich for one sitting, but too compelling not to read in one sitting. I finished and had the urge to try to sell my book, but i Moments of brilliance, some wonderful, quirky writing, but overall I felt like the collection beat relationship writing and really bizarre protagonist interiority gaitsklll death.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I relate too much. Because when she did you could tell… and it was breathtaking. Goodreads helps bedause keep track of books you want to read. Because They Wanted To the title story Elsie, after sneaking across the border to Vancouver, Canada, gets the only job she can find as an underage illegal alien: I just wanted her to try something new.


On the positive side, the author’s skill is not in question–she is in gzitskill class by herself when describing her characters’ innermost thoughts. Thanks for recommendation, Cara! She has Not as good as Don’t Cry, but still wonderful.

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Want to Read saving…. In every story, I feel like I met real people, people who are Nearly every story is actually ebcause stories: All of her characters are sickeningly self interested, almost to the point where you wonder if she is like her stories. An enjoyable, if a bit guilty, read. Apr 26, Kristie rated it it was ok. Be the first to ask a question about Because They Wanted To. May 17, Mary rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Agitskill Search. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

These stories left me uncomfortable without teaching me anything. Not only does she take out all the fun of getting to know a character, she also makes it easier for herself because then she doesn’t have to show you gairskill the person is wistful yet ferocious, she puts you in a position where you have to take her word for it. I read the second half largely on a flight and it was funny to wanhed “The Girl on the Plane” immediately after sitting down.

This kind of image threads through the entire collection, so that not only are you invited like a voyeur to look in on characters’ kinky fantasies, sexual confessions, and haunting carnal performances, you’re treated to these same issues in Gaitskill’s writing aesthetic.

Her work is often almost unrecognizably raw among writers of comparable skill and vision — the title story of this collection deals with a runaway teenaged girl who leaves the children she is gaitsklll when it begins to appear that their mother will not return.

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Her work is often almost u Mary Gaitskill is probably best known among the general public as the author of the short story the movie Secretary is based on, to the extent that hers is a familiar name beyond circles of serious readers. Her characters talk about sex so much that you start to hate anything sensual.


The first pages of Mary Gaitskill’s writing that I read was a gaiskill of fun – I was nodding along and “oh my god, totally” -ing with her descriptions of uncertain people in uncertain situations. Jan 01, Jamie rated it liked it Recommended to Jamie by: Quotes from Because They Want Oct 29, Cari rated it really liked it Recommended to Aanted by: Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels. It reads, sometimes, as kitschy–as if she can’t really escape this bondage-box, as if her characters are all sort of blurring together and experiencing the the conflicts in different settings.

It made me laugh outloud more than anything in recent memory and yet it’s for the most part a very sad collection of stories about the pain and cruelty that people inflict in their attempts to love.

Aug 08, Alyssa Knickerbocker rated it really liked it. What I mean to say is, for me, these stories inspired deep longings, which they left unsatisfied. Because They Wanted To: He imagined hitting her.

Apr 02, Allison Floyd rated it liked it Shelves: Sam Potts Designed by. There is something about Mary Gaitskill’s emotional precision that I find off-putting and scientific. Gaitskill frequently writes the way I feel somehow, which convinced me that even when the thoughts expressed were not mine, they are nonetheless real.