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The Mare

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The Mare

When Velveteen Vargas, an 11-year-old Fresh Air Fund kid from Brooklyn, comes to stay with a family in upstate New York, what begins as a two-week visit blossoms into something much more significant. Soon Velvet finds herself torn between her host family --- Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic; and Paul, a college professor --- and her own deeply tormented mother. The one constant becomes Velvet’s newly discovered passion for horse riding --- and especially for an abused, unruly mare named Fugly Girl.

A stirring and deeply felt novel, THE MARE is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet --- a stunning exploration of a girl and her horse, and of the way we connect with people from all walks of life.

The Mare
by Mary Gaitskill

  • Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0307743608
  • ISBN-13: 9780307743602