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Tonight we are thrilled to host award winning writer Ottessa Moshfegh, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Eileen. Her new collection of short stories Homesick for Another World quickly became a staff favorite here at BookPeople. These subversive, unsettling, and wickedly well-written stories all — in one way or another — explore the lonely, strange parts of human nature, hungry for a meaningful connection with another person. Be sure not to miss this talk and signing with one of the rising voices in contemporary literature!
ABOUT HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD
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 by The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, selected as a BEA Buzz pick, and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is among connoisseurs 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 in very different ways each to each, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses. Homesick for Another World is 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 World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or 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 oddly and 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.
ABOUT OTTESSA MOSHFEGH
Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from Boston. She was awarded the Plimpton Prize for her stories in The Paris Review and granted a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her novel Eileenwas listed as a Kirkus best book of 2015.
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