Veronica is about flesh and spirit, vanity, mortality, and mortal affection. Set mostly in Paris and Manhattan in the desperately glittering 1980s, it has the timeless depth and moral power of a fairy tale.
Featuring: Alison; Veronica
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As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is
discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of
fashion-modeling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes
and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York
City to build a new life. There she meets Veronicaâ€”an older
wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a
proofreader who comes to work with a personal â€śoffice kitâ€ť
and a plaque that reads â€śStill Anal After All These Years.â€ť
Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship
will survive not only Alisonâ€™s reentry into the seductive
nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronicaâ€™s terrible
descent into the then-uncharted realm of AIDS. The memory
of their friendship will continue to haunt Alison years
later, when she, too, is aging and ill and is questioning
the meaning of what she experienced and who she became
during that time.
Masterfully layering time and space, thought and sensation,
Mary Gaitskill dazzles the reader with psychological
insight and a mystical sense of the soulâ€™s hurtling passage
through the world. A novel unlike any other, Veronica is a
tour de force about the fragility and mystery of human
relationships, the failure of love, and loveâ€™s abiding
power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and
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