The Mare

The Mare

by Mary Gaitskill

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/08/2016

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Longlisted for the 2017 Women's Prize for Fiction

Ginger is forty-seven and a recovering alcoholic when she meets and marries Paul.

It's too late for her to have a baby of her own, so she tries to persuade him to consider adoption, but he already has a child and doesn't share her longing to be a parent. As a compromise, they sign up to an organisation that sends poor inner-city kids to stay with country families for a few weeks in the summer, so one hot July day Velveteen Vargas arrives in their lives, and Ginger is instantly besotted. Velvet is an eleven-year-old Dominican girl from one of Brooklyn's toughest neighbourhoods.

Bemused by her gentle middle-aged hosts, but deeply intuitive in the way of clever children, Velvet quickly senses the longing behind Ginger's affection for her. Although she can't reciprocate, the two of them do forge a bond, but when Ginger begins to entertain fantasies of adopting Velvet, things begin to get complicated.

Narrated in turn by Velvet and Ginger, Mary Gaitskill has created a devastating portrait of the unbridgeable gaps between people, and the way we long for fairytale endings even when we know they don't exist. Heartbreakingly honest and utterly convincing, it marks her triumphant return.

ISBN:
9781781257388
9781781257388
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
24-08-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Profile Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x31mm
Weight:
0.58kg

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