Bad Behavior

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The stories in this collection peer deep into the inner lives of men and women, explore the cavernous spaces between what we say and what can be expressed, and are full of tenderness and cruelty.

ISBN: 9780241383100 Author: Gaitskill, Mary Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 2nd May 2019 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.6 (edition:23) Pages: 213 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Mary Gaitskill’s tales of desire and dislocation in 1980s New York caused a sensation with their frank, caustic portrayals of men and women’s inner lives. As her characters have sex, try and fail to connect, play power games and inflict myriad cruelties on each other, she skewers urban life with precision and candour.

‘Stubbornly original, with a sort of rhythm and fine moments that flatten you out when you don’t expect it, these stories are a pleasure to read’ Alice Munro

‘An air of Pinteresque menace hangs over these people’s social exchanges like black funereal bunting … Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail’ Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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