Collection of bad-ass short stories from the talented Mary Gaitskill. This collection houses Secretary, made famous by the movie of the same name starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. There’s more great stories of pain and love and humilation beyond that. Daisy’s Valentine was one that I remembered from reading this before– the bookstore employee who turns his back on his long term relationship and goes after Daisy who doesn’t like him because he likes her. Something Nice a story about a smart prostitute and the veterinarian who goes ga-ga for her, causing her to quit the brothel.
Gaitskill has serious skill in evoking specific images through words. I will now march on to devour the remainder of her canon.