“Reading a Mary Gaitskill story is like looking into the base of a hedge: She gets so deep into that impenetrable thicket of anger and love. But there are lighter moments too, like glimpsing a secret garden through that hedge. It's a fascinating mix of emotion and fairy dust.”
— Rem Ryals, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories-her first in more than ten years.
In College Town 1980, young people adrift in Ann Arbor, Michigan, debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale Mirror Ball, a young man steals a girl's soul during a one-night stand; and in The Little Boy, a woman haunted by the death of her husband is finally able to grieve through a mysterious encounter with a needy child.
Each story delivers the powerful, original language and the dramatic engagement of the intelligent mind with the craving body-or of the intelligent body with the craving mind-that has come to be seen as stunningly emblematic of Gaitskill's fiction.