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THE MARE

by Mary Gaitskill

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Ginger is in her late 40s and a recovering alcoholic. Unable to have children of her own, she’s convinced that adoption is the way forward. Her husband Paul is less than sure, but agrees to house a poor inner-city child for a few weeks over summer as part of a charitable initiative to provide deprived children with a countryside holiday.

And so Velvet enters their lives: wary, verbally abused by her mother and overwhelmed by the wealth – material and emotional – that Ginger lavishes on her. Velvet is sometimes grateful, sometimes grasping, especially when a horse named Fiery Girl comes into the picture. The Mare is a devastatingly good novel; an unflinching but compassionate look at the social and emotional divides that separate us and how, even with the best of intentions, damage can be done.

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