A profound, important novel about how love and family are shaped by race, class and privilege
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2017
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
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.