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Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

The narrator in Veronica is an ex-fashion model named Alison remembering her friend, Veronica, who had died of AIDS. Alison tells of her days as a model, where personalities are shallow and people are used, until she fled to New York in the 1980s after an unhappy end to an affair with a married fashion agent. There she met Veronica, an older, overweight, abrasive, and independent woman who was almost the exact opposite of Alison, and the two became fast friends. As Alison struggles with hepatitis-induced fever, she remembers her mostly unhappy life with the exception of the years she had with Veronica and the effect she had on her life. Mary Gaitskill's novel has received mostly positive reviews (and a National Book Award nomination) with the Seattle Times saying, "Never before in fiction has a model been this knowing, this feeling or this poetic. Yet every sentence rings true. Gaitskill is talented enough to make you believe that the memoir of a fallen model can be as soulful as it is sordid."
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San Francisco Chronicle
review by Jennie Yabroff

Seattle Times review
by Mark Lindquist

Washington Post review
by David Jays

USA Today review
by Carol Memmott

Village Voice review
by Benjamin Strong

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
review by John Marshall

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
review by Andrea Hoag

The Guardian review
by Joanna Briscoe

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