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A profound, important novel about how love and family are shaped by place, race and class

About the Author

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry, and the novels Veronica and Two Girls Fat and Thin. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

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Visceral and haunting, and the telling, with its shifting first person narrative, is nothing short of masterful. * GQ *
A poignant, beautiful coming of age story about race, class and motherhood. * Woman and Home *
Gaitskill's work feels more real than real life and reading her leads to a place that feels like a sacred space. * Boston Globe *
Velvet is that most wonderful of fictional creations: a convincing child who manages to be a captivating and perceptive narrator. * New Yorker *
Gaitskill's novel is not a children's book, but it is a book about what children long for, and how we long for the same thing many years after we've left childhood behind * The New York Times *
A thoroughly compelling read ... redemptive and moving, The Mare offers as much fresh air for the author (and the reader) as it does for her characters. * Spectator *
Penetrating ... confronts, head-on, white privilege and black victimhood. * Daily Mail *
A timely examination of the pains and pleasures that follow one woman's attempt to bridge the yawning gap of understanding between two races. * Sunday Express *
Another document of America's fraught obsession with race but it manages to be moving. * Sunday Times *
Emotionally complex voices crafted with skill and sensitivity. * Mail on Sunday *
Her voice captures a child's mixture of insight and innocence ... As a model for getting back in contact with the natural world, this is a delirious dream. As an acknowledgment of what human beings fail to offer each other, it comes closer to being a nightmare. * Times *
A novel about race, class and, as Gaitskill's convincingly drawn characters show how different worlds collide, the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the two in America. * Daily Express *
The Mare is a dark, dreamlike novel, at times nightmarish, at others offering glimpses of the sublime, shocking in its raw depiction of violence, and beautiful in its evocation of flawed love. * Financial Times *
a devastatingly good novel. * Psychologies magazine *
'Here, without a drop of condescension, is fiction that pumps blood through the cold facts of inequality' * Washington Post *

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