Intense. There are ten powerful short stories in Mary Gaitskill’s latest collection, including the title story, Don’t Cry. You may want to cry, though, as each story presents characters in difficult relationships and situations. She writes about struggles, loss, and suffering in ways that reveal her great writing skill and expose aspects of our human condition that many of us would prefer not to dwell on. Pace yourself as you read each story, and you’re likely to spend a lot of time thinking about guilt, past relationships, sorrows, and the dark side of your own life. If that’s what you’re ready for, Don’t Cry is the book for you.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)