Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.

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She somehow manages to surpass the intensity of her previous work, and one would have to be emotionally dead not to be transformed.

Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)

The stories of “Because They Wanted To” were incredibly well-written, thought-provoking and – I found – painful, taken in full. I really wanted to like it, but there were a few things that I had a hard time getting past. I relate too much. See, in reading this collection, I realized yet again that I like my depression dark and dramatic, with plenty of brooding atmosphere.

Want to Read saving…. I mean, her grasp on character and dialogue was really excellent.

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It’s a good story, but when you see it reflected again and again through the collection, you wonder when Gaitskill’s gonna step out of her comfort zone.

I tend to read more thinky rather than emotional writing gaitskikl this book was exactly what I needed. A real Romantic rooted in the physical aspect of existence.


Gaitxkill masterpiece collection from a writer who may arguably be one day considered Flannery O’Connor’s successor.

There is something about Mary Gaitskill’s emotional precision that I find off-putting and scientific.

If this happened in a Mary Gaitskill story, it would have been more fucked up and sexual. Aug 12, Maia rated it really liked it Shelves: Because They Wanted To is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers at work today. These aren’t stories that lend themselves to Hollywood endings, at least not as Gaitskill has written them. That was distracting for me–it interrupted the flow of the story. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Must redeem within 90 days. Recommended by Emily, who suggested that I check kary the story “The Dentist,” after my recent flurry of dental activity.

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill’s second collection is a return to the themes of her first, Bad Behavior Trivia About Because They Want In my experience there is no living author who can write music or sex like Mary Gaitskill, which makes perfect sense. Stories Mary Gaitskill No preview available – She still is, but this book of short stories is really intense. Nearly every story is actually two stories: We turn away at our own risk.

Basically a continuation of Bad Behavior. I just wanted her to let it go, and I knew she could.


I understand that sometimes this structure can really work and sometimes it really did but, for many of the stories, it felt like she was relying too heavily on becaus formula. I don’t recommend these stories. With that said, there were some stories that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would normally rate this 4 stars because I didn’t enjoy every gaitsikll honestly maybe because I didn’t get the point of thembut I’m giving it 5 stars because the ones I did enjoy, well I LOVED them.

Unknowingly they alighted with it. I read this book from front to back, and was quickly struck by how closely each story resembled the last. Jun 22, Justin rated it really liked it. Sometimes these transitions were clear, but a lot of the time I found myself backtracking and struggling to follow the narrative flow am I in the past or present right now?

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Sam Potts Designed by. The best way I can describe the stories is to say that even the one that ends happily involves a rape fantasy I feel gross just typing that. Subscribe once monthly e-mail Name Email Address Leave this field empty if you’re human: