The Resource The mare : a novel, Mary Gaitskill

The mare : a novel, Mary Gaitskill

Label
The mare : a novel
Title
The mare
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Mary Gaitskill
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo 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 and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul--who wonder what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation. The story illuminates their shifting relationship with Velvet over several years, as well as Velvet's encounter with the horses at the stable down the road--especially with an abused, unruly mare called Fugly Girl. With strong supporting characters--Velvet's abusive mother, an eccentric horse trainer, a charismatic older boy who awakens Velvet's nascent passion--The Mare traces Velvet's journey between the vital, violent world of the inner city and the world of the small-town stable.--From book jacket
Summary
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, Ginger and Paul, 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.
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Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2015
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10446300
Cataloging source
DLC
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1954-
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Gaitskill, Mary
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Girls
  • Dominican Americans
  • Upstate New York (N.Y.)
  • Horsemanship
Target audience
adult
Label
The mare : a novel, Mary Gaitskill
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903284253
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Advance reader's edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780307379740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015007973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)903284253
Label
The mare : a novel, Mary Gaitskill
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn903284253
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Advance reader's edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780307379740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015007973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)903284253

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