Bad Behavior

Stories

    • 3.7 • 45 Ratings
    • $13.99
    • $13.99

Publisher Description

National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation that is searching for human connection.

Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it “Pinteresque,” saying, “Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real…her reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut.”

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2012
March 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
3.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Paris McDoogal ,

Some of these are really great

But not all. The last one especially was difficult for me to get into. It felt unfocused and aimless and chaotic and it was hard to follow. But most of the book I enjoyed. I liked that the characters went through changes and reflected on their situations and desires. I liked that they had doubts about things and they engaged in the kinds of real relationships that you don’t see a lot of in mainstream fiction. This collection isn’t flawless but it does contain some gems and it has an original perspective and voice and I think it’s worth the time.

lilmisslesleyj ,

More than just "Secretary"

One of my very favorite collections of 80s short stories. Every character in the book lives left of center, making for an engaging venture into the off-kilter. I was brought to the book by "secretary". Ms. Gaitskill's voice is so honed. I've read these again and again. Definitely a true collection for those who like to read about the strange, exciting and beautiful with plenty of drugs/alcohol strewn throughout. I enjoyed and highly recommend.

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