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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Gaitskill Narrator: Mary Gaitskill Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781504671255
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This is a reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire, which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban-fringe generation as it searches for human connection.

Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as a sharp, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writer of contemporary literature.

Stories included here are “Daisy’s Valentine,” “A Romantic Weekend,” “Something Nice,” “An Affair, Edited,” “Connection,” “Trying to Be,” “Secretary,” “Other Factors,” and “Heaven.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stubbornly original, with a sort of rhythm and fine moments that flatten you out when you don’t expect it, these stories are a pleasure to read.”

    Alice Munro, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A thrilling journey into the deep anxieties of romance and desire…Stunning.”

    Frederick Exley, William Faulkner Award–winning author

  • “Intriguingly tart…Urban true grit.”


  • “Pinteresque…Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real…[Her] reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut.”

    New York Times

  • “These are tales of sexual obsession, drug addiction, the darkest sides of human relationships. Several of the stories feature young women working as prostitutes. Gaitskill’s characters possess a curious combination of wit and naïveté…Her writing has a precision and depth than can charge a dreary setting with significance. Bad Behavior is about bad behavior and more. Writing about human nature at its most perverse and hopeless, Gaitskill has created an intimate and almost beautiful series of images.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Though this first story collection covers the now-familiar NYC bohemian terrain of drugs, kinky sex, and strivings for artistic success, there’s a difference: this author concentrates on the inside of her characters’ heads. In the best of these pieces, she looks not so much at the ‘bad behavior’ itself as at the consciousness behind it, calmly and clinically charting desires, ideas, and emotions…A fictional debut with its intelligent, disturbing realism that’s very welcome.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ferocious, terrifying stories, skillful as they are scary. Gaitskill’s voice and talents are wonderfully new, as honest as rain and as welcome in a long, dry season.”

    Alice Adams, author of The Last Lovely City

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About the Author
Author Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel Veronica, a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and named one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2005. She is also the author of a short-story collection and the acclaimed novels Because They Wanted To and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her short story “Secretary” was the basis for the film of the same name.