ISBN 9780241383100 – Penguin – Penguin UK Paperback 224 pp – August 2019
Mary Gaitskill is the author of the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To(nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award), and Don’t Cry, the novels The Mare, Veronica(nominated for the National Book Award), and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and a collection of essays, Somebody With A Little Hammer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Artforum, and Granta, among many other journals, as well as in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.
The bestselling 1988 collection of short stories exploring the inner lives of men and women, ambiguity and unease in relationships, and the cruelty we inflict on one another.
A young woman anxiously waits for her date on a street corner in New York City; he sits in a pizza parlour across the street, watching her discomfort.
A middle-aged woman returns to a New York that is haunted by the passion and intensity of her former relationship with her estranged best friend.
A secretarial graduate starts her first job at a lawyer’s office and quietly keeps her cruel experiences at his hands locked inside herself.
The stories in this collection peer deep into the inner lives of men and women, explore the cavernous spaces between what we say and what can be expressed, and are full of tenderness and cruelty. Published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, Bad Behaviour provides a devastatingly insightful and urgently necessary view of our times.