Mary Gaitskill - THE MARE

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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ISBN: 9780307379740
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015


From the author of the National Book Award-nominated VERONICA Mary Gaitskill's most poignant and powerful work yet--the story of a Dominican girl, the white woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her


Velveteen Vargas is eleven years old, a Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist on the fringe of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Paul, an academic who wonders what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation. THE MARE illuminates the couple's changing relationship with Velvet over the course of several years, as well as Velvet's powerful encounter with the horses at the stable down the road, as Gaitskill weaves together Velvet's vital inner-city community and the privileged country world of Ginger and Paul. The timeless story of a girl and a horse is joined with the timeless story of people from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds trying to meet one another honestly in a novel that is raw, striking, and completely original.