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In this seductive and shattering novel, Alison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of 1980s New York: one is a former modeling sensation, stumbling away from the wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle-aged proofreader with a meticulous eye. Over the next twenty years, their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. Moving seamlessly between the glamorous and gritty '80s, when beauty and style gave licence to excess and the broken world of the decade's survivors twenty years after, Gaitskill casts a fierce yet compassionate eye on the two eras and their fixations. Veronica masterfully evokes the fragility and mystery of human relationships in a world where love is rife with contradictions. Evocative, raw, and entirely unique, "Veronica" was shortlisted for the prestigious 2005 National Book Award in the more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429739
  • 9781852429737
  • 401,017

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"'Gaitskill is enormously gifted...[Veronlca] is a masterly examination of the relationship between surface and self, culture and fashion, time and memory' The New York Times Book Review 'This characteristically oblique glance of the US fashion modeling industry of the 1980s is written with all the psychological kick that distinguished Gaitskill's last collection of stories' DJ Taylor, TLS Books of the Year 'Gaitskill writes so radiantly about violent self-loathing that the very incongruousness of her language has shocking power' The New York Times 'Gaitskill deserves some sort of monument [for this] beautiful, devastating new novel... There are paragraphs like poems in Veronica that lure you back, over and over' Elle"show more

About Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill is the author of novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin, as well as the story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and Esquire. In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for more

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2 16% (689)
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