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The Resource Veronica, Mary Gaitskill

Veronica, Mary Gaitskill

Label
Veronica
Title
Veronica
Statement of responsibility
Mary Gaitskill
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When I was young, my mother read me a story about a wicked little girl. She read it to me and my two sisters. We sat curled against her on the couch and she read from the book on her lap. The lamp shone on us and there was a blanket over us. The girl in the story was beautiful and cruel. Because her mother was poor, she sent her daughter to work for rich people, who spoiled and petted her. The rich people told her she had to visit her mother. But the girl felt she was too good and went merely to show herself. One day, the rich people sent her home with a loaf of bread for her mother. But when the little girl came to a muddy bog, rather than ruin her shoes, she threw down the bread and stepped on it. It sank into the bog and she sank with it. She sank into a world of demons and deformed creatures. Because she was beautiful, the demon queen made her into a statue as a gift for her great-grandson. The girl was covered in snakes and slime and surrounded by the hate of every creature trapped like she was. She was starving but couldn't eat the bread still welded to her feet. She could hear what people were saying about her; a boy passing by saw what had happened to her and told everyone, and they all said she deserved it. Even her mother said she deserved it. The girl couldn't move, but if she could have, she would've twisted with rage. "It isn't fair!" cried my mother, and her voice mocked the wicked girl
Summary
As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of fashion modelling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York City to build a new life. There she meets Veronica -- an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years." Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica's terrible descent into the then-uncharted realm of AIDS. The memory of their friendship will continue to haunt Alison years later, when she, too, is aging and ill and is questioning the meaning of what she experienced and who she became during that time.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2006.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2005
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
136743
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.A36
LC item number
V47 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Veronica, Mary Gaitskill
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
2501265
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
227 p.
Isbn
9780375421457
Lccn
2005043143
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm57693314
  • (OCoLC)57693314
Label
Veronica, Mary Gaitskill
Link
Publication
Control code
2501265
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
227 p.
Isbn
9780375421457
Lccn
2005043143
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm57693314
  • (OCoLC)57693314

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