Reading Mary Gaitskill is like reading Kathryn Harrison's prolix sister. This book tells the tale of two damaged women who coincidentally meet and after doing so reexamine their pasts, which include sexual trauma and unstable family situations.
Reading Mary Gaitskill is like reading Kathryn Harrison's prolix sister. Though Gaitskill's prose occasionally reads like a psychology textbook, she thrills the reader with sparkling, profound insight into the cruel hothouse of sexuality and confusion her characters grow up in. One girl, the overweight one, is friendless and lonely; the other, the thin one, is pretty, popular, and indulges in a mean streak, though.
To start with, I chose Two Girls, Fat and Thin for our book club (The League of Unreliable Narrators, aka because I hadn't read any Mary Gaitskill, and I'd heard good things about both this, her debut novel, and her breakout short story collection, Bad Behavior. I didn't know much except that it had some pretty explicit S&M, and was partially about an Ayn Rand-like writer and political thinker named Anna Granite.
Mary Gaitskill ere exuding darkness. Objectively, it was a nice little house. It was our fifth house, the one we collapsed in after a series of frantic moves which were the result of my father’s belief.
But Anna Granite had died two years earlier, and I had been disassociated from the remnants of her dwindling movement for longer than that. This was the first time in years that I had felt the almost visceral sensation of the woman’s presence, which was nothing short of a shimmering, diamond-studded aurora borealis. It was as if this star system had become hidden, bound in a thick skein of ordinariness, and that writer, with his/her innocuous request, had peeled off a corner of the binding, causing all that I had never really abandoned to come tumbling into my living room
Mary Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 11, 1954. Her novels include Veronica, The Mare, and Two Girls, Fat and Thin
Mary Gaitskill was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 11, 1954. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. She is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her novels include Veronica, The Mare, and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Her collections of short stories include Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry. Библиографические данные. Two Girls, Fat and Thin Bantam trade paperback.
Two Girls, Fat and Thin: A Novel
Two Girls, Fat and Thin: A Novel. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Simon & SchusterReleased: Mar 13, 2012ISBN: 9781439128800Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.
What draws the two girls of the title together is the popular philosopher Anna Granite (a thinly disguised version of Ayn Rand). After the flashy debut of her story collection, Bad Behavior, Gaitskill's first novel seems downright demure. Justine Shade, a pretty and slender part-time secretary, also writes for a Village Voice-like tabloid; her investigation into the dying cult of Granite brings her into contact with Dorothy Storm (nÇe Footie), an obese Wall St. word-processor who changed her life for the better when she dropped out of college and became part of Granite's inner circle.
MARY GAITSKILL’s most recent book, Veronica, was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award and was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the short story collection Bad Behavior
MARY GAITSKILL’s most recent book, Veronica, was nominated for a 2005 National Book Award and was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the short story collection Bad Behavior. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her story Secretary was the basis for the film of the same name.
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The novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin follows the childhood and adult lives of Justine Shade (thin) and Dorothy Never .
The novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin follows the childhood and adult lives of Justine Shade (thin) and Dorothy Never (fat). Justine works through her sadomasochistic issues while Dorothy works through her up-and-down commitment to the philosophy of "Definitism" and its founder "Anna Granite" (thinly veiled satires of Objectivism and Ayn Rand). Through four books over eighteen years, Mary Gaitskill has been formulating her fiction around the immutable question of how we manage to live in a seemingly inscrutable world. In the past, she has described, with clarity and vision, the places in life where we sometimes get painfully caught.