Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill’s work is remarkable for its insights into the cruelties of life and for complex female characters struggling with taboos such as prostitution, addiction, and sadomasochism. The author of three short story collections and two novels, Gaitskill received a nomination for a PEN/Faulkner Award for the collection Because They Wanted To and a National Book Award nomination for her novel Veronica. The 2002 film Secretary is based on Gaitskill’s short story of the same name from the collection Bad Behavior. Gaitskill lives in New York.

Photograph by Hillary Harvey.

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