Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Fiction

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill book jacket, 2005
ISBN 9780375421457
Mary Gaitskill author photo, Photo credit: Joe Gaffney, 2005
Mary Gaitskill

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Set in Paris, California, and Manhattan, an often harsh but ultimately thrilling chronicle of a young woman’s coming-of-age and the memories of her friendship with an eccentric older woman.

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Mary Gaitskill is an unforgiving writer, harsh, caustic and raw. All that masks the enormous accomplishment of her work, the ability to use the dark to cast light. With Veronica she is at the height of her narrative powers, evoking the indelible friendship of two women while zigzagging through time, place and the far reaches of the mind. In the process she manages the ultimate hat trick of fiction: appalling, shocking, even offensive, but at the end of the day enormously illuminating. An utterly honest book from someone who understands and evokes the cul-de-sacs of the soul.