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A finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, here is an evocative novel about female friendship in the glittering 1980s.

Alison and Veronica meet amid the nocturnal glamour of 1980s New York: One is a young model stumbling away from the wreck of her career, the other an eccentric middle-aged office temp. Over the next twenty years their friendship will encompass narcissism and tenderness, exploitation and self-sacrifice, love and mortality. Moving seamlessly from present and past, casting a fierce yet compassionate eye on two eras and their fixations, the result is a work of timeless depth and moral power.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375727856
Branch Call Number: F GAI
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 31, 2017

Exactly 51% through this book, I almost gave up on it. The only reason I kept going was the writing was beautiful, if not a bit drawn out, which added to the story. Much of it read like a stream of consciousness. Was a decent book to read while waiting for other books to come in...

Feb 12, 2016

There is a style of realism in Gaitskill's work that hasn't been adequately determined yet. I will say that she has become one of my favorite contemporary writers. She doesn't shy away from anything. She focuses on many aspects in life which most of us hide from others because the ideas, notions. and actions shame us.
Gaitskill is certainly not for everyone, however.

Dec 16, 2015

key women are described as "beautiful but cruel." From the very start with older fat men in Speedos diving into turd-filled canals in front of a disapproving older but still sexy woman (her words), Gaitskill is uncompromising in telling her tale in the most obvious, vulgar and uninteresting way possible. Cruel, yes, but beautiful, no.

Nov 15, 2015

This was a thoughtful, extremely moving book. I didn't realize it would be this until about 20 pages in, so hold tight, it turns out quite lovely. The content is really not very shocking, though definitely not for kids. If you don't think things like the things depicted in this book are realistic and important things to talk about, you need to open your eyes. There are moments of real sweetness- and joy. A thoroughly pleasant read.

Nov 29, 2014

amazingly sad and beautifully written. i even shed a few tears. a very visceral writer.

Agon620 Jun 03, 2014

I expected the title character to be the narrator, but that's not the case. It's true you do kind of read for a bit before figuring out who Veronica is, but I like that not really knowing. The power of this book kind of sneaks up on you...I especially could relate to the feeling of looking back on a kind of glamourous, wild life -- and knowing it was gone forever. I think the narrator is a lot more humane than she gives herself credit for. It's basicallly about where life takes you, the choices you make and how nothing lasts forever. Very insightful and beautifully written -- the inner workings of the narrator's mind are rendered so clearly. Will read more from this author!

Nov 21, 2013

I was trying to find why the book is named "Veronica". Until almost the half of book - couldn't find out. I stopped reading it. The book is kind of gross content.

Oct 25, 2013

It felt like the whole intrigue of the book was shock value. This book really felt like a bunch of graphic descriptions with very little plot.

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