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  • ISBN: 9780399562884 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0399562885 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    pages ; cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017.

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Summary, etc.: "An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time Ottessa Moshfegh's debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year byThe Washington Postand theSan Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for Another World is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel. And for good reason. There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another Worldis a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for Another Worldis her Everything That Rises Must Convergeor A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 October #2
    *Starred Review* Man Booker Prize finalist for Eileen (2015), Moshfegh now presents a collection of short stories exploring aspects of the human experience from which we usually avert our eyes, lives which we would rather not acknowledge. A barely functioning alcoholic teacher at an NYC Catholic school, a pimple-pinching violinist in a locked room, an old man trying to manipulate his young female neighbor, and a girl convinced that killing another person will take her to the better world she came from—these are among the evocatively drawn characters Moshfegh animates to provide glimpses of our collective human psyche. Success, failure, belonging, isolation, connections, and nostalgia all are recalibrated in the ways these individuals live and think and feel. Plot twists are almost irrelevant in Moshfegh's unhesitating illumination of dark places. She is fearless in her probing of her characters' emotional wounds, proceeding with such a sure touch that readers are compelled, not repelled. The directness of her style demands that we register the life "stuffed between the mattress and the wall." While it is not always an easy read, this collection will leave readers with a sharper, more compassionate sense of the human condition. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her stories have been published in The Paris ReviewThe New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

Subject: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Psychological
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