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Bad Behavior

By: Mary Gaitskill
Narrated by: Mary Gaitskill
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Publisher's Summary

This is a reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill's debut collection, Bad Behavior - powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire that depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban-fringe generation as it searches for human connection.

Now a classic, Bad Behavior made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill's arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as a sharp, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writer of contemporary literature.

Stories included here are "Daisy's Valentine", "A Romantic Weekend", "Something Nice", "An Affair, Edited", "Connection", "Trying to Be", "Secretary", "Other Factors", and "Heaven".

©1988 Mary Gaitskill (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Just a quick review

mmmmm what to say what to say. It's a interesting story on just people's thoughts and every day feeling. So true and different.

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not worth the ink it's printed on.

never got my attention going. bought this boom for one story and it wasn't worth it. 10 out 10 do not recommend.

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very strange collection

I quite enjoyed this. there is a very subdued sense of darkness in each story that is presented so factually that you only notice subconsciously at first. highly recommend for those with a sense of curiosity and empathy.

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Narrator is very flat

The stories are odd (expected) but the narration is really tough to listen to. One tone, VERY flat and monotonous, weird ‘out of breath’ spots and strange lilts/pauses. There is also really no break between the stories so with no change at all in narrator, it feels like one story just streams into the next

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Fantastic

Wonderful reading by the author. Stands up over time. One of the great voices of the generation.

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  • Earnest
  • 08-07-19

Misery

An almost empty rambling through deserted lives.
Cannot believe this could have been influential.
Yet, ‘Secretary,’ the film, resounded with a life force.
A huge mistake to have the author read this. Her stumbling, hesitant, doleful tone was unrelenting.

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  • 08-18-21

brilliant

A classic, it holds its own beside anything.
The first few stories are the best. they're also the most ambiguous and adult. The last one is slightly stupid. The most famous story is "Secretary" which isn't really representative of the whole collection because it's the only story that really condemns, although it is quite affecting.