Books by Mary Gaitskill
NPR stories about Mary Gaitskill
Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh says it took her a while to fall in love with the legendary Arab heroine. She retells Scheherazade's famous stories in a new translation of One Thousand and One Nights.
With Don't Cry, Mary Gaitskill confirms her status as the sharpest portraitist of our darker nature. In her third story collection, the author again explores the pleasures of doomed romance, emotional degradation and other destructive impulses.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of four novels; her most recent, Veronica, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. Her short story "Secretary" was the basis for the film of the same name.
Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan lists her favorite books of 2005, including novels by Mary Gaitskill and Kazuo Ishiguro, and memoirs by Joan Didion and J.R. Moehringer.