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This review is from: Don't Cry: Stories (Hardcover)
A superb collection of short stories. Gaitskill's muscular prose uncovers moments of startling emotional clarity. The stories pivot on those points of connection we can share as human beings, whether we know each other or not. I was struck by how well she writes about the impact of emotional contact with strangers. We are so used to reading stories about relationships: to see this other experience (where a shared look might have the potential to change a life) represented in fiction, felt like truth-telling of the best kind. Gaitksill is staggeringly perceptive and honest; in this collection, she also presents us with our hope.