Because They Wanted To


Because They Wanted To

A New York Times Notable Book

A man tells a story to a woman sitting beside him on a plane, little suspecting what it reveals about his capacity for cruelty and contempt. A callow runaway girl is stranded in a strange city with another woman’s fractiously needy children. An uncomprehending father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the author of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what they know. Because They Wanted To is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers at work today.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684841441 | 
  • February 1998
List Price $16.00 (price may vary by retailer)
In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
Buy from another retailer

Articles About This Book


Posted on Off the Shelf

Posted by Off the Shelf Staff

Today, Off the Shelf turns one year old! To celebrate, each of our staff members has selected a favorite book, and one lucky reader will win the whole stack of these wonderful reads (each inscribed by the Off-the-Shelfer who loves it). See them...

More Books from this Author

Bad Behavior
Two Girls, Fat and Thin

About the Author

Mary Gaitskill
Photo Credit: Hillary Harvey