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Veronica

Mary Gaitskill

The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, 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. 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 Veronica-an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years." Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica'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 soul'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 love's abiding power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and formal beauty.

The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, 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. 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 Veronica-an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years." Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica'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 soul'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 love's abiding power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and formal beauty.
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The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin, 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. 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 Veronica-an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years." Improbably, the two women become friends. Their friendship will survive not only Alison's reentry into the seductive nocturnal realm of fashion, but also Veronica'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 soul'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 love's abiding power. It shines on every page with depth of feeling and formal beauty.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathe Mazur

Length:

8h 32m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:13


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:52


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:13


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:53


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:22


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:14


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:43


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:49


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:37


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:56


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:13


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:09


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:49


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:28


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:27


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:13


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:04


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:51


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:04