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We love Mary Gaitskill for her gorgeous and daring short fiction and novels, such as Bad Behavior and the National Book Award finalist, Veronica. Her latest novel, The Mare, is a no-holds-barred dive into the psychology of two women - one grown and living in the suburbs; one stepping into gritty adolescence in Brooklyn - as they challenge, shape and reveal each other. This is one of our favorite novels of 2015. We hope you can join us to welcome Gaitskill to Austin.
ABOUT THE MARE
Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist on the fringe of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Paul, an academic who wonders what it will mean to make a difference in such a contrived situation. "The Mare "illuminates the couple's changing relationship with Velvet over the course of several years, as well as Velvet's powerful encounter with the horses at the stable down the road, as Gaitskill weaves together Velvet's vital inner-city community and the privileged country world of Ginger and Paul. The timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with the timeless story of people from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds trying to meet one another honestly in a novel that is raw, striking, and completely original.
ABOUT MARY GAITSKILL
Mary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award), and Don't Cry; her novels are Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Gaitskill is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.