Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Hailed as one of the brightest new voices in fiction, Ottessa Moshfegh has created in Eileen a narrator who is dark, mordantly funny and all too recognizably human. As she is pulled into a very strange crime, we too are drawn into the harrowing story she tells. Laugh and be startled by Eileen, in a reading by Ottessa Moshfegh, q&a and signing to follow on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov. Eileen Dunlop is an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor, Eileen is enchanted. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Set in the 1960’s, played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator.
“Eileen is as vivid and human as they come . . . Moshfegh…writes beautiful sentences. One after the other they unwind — playful, shocking, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp…There is that wonderful tension between wanting to slow down… and the impulse to race to see what happens, how it happens.”—The New York Times Book Review
Ottessa Moshfegh‘s novel, Eileen, received the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction in 2016. Moshfegh is also the author of McGlue, a novella, and the forthcoming short story collection, Homesick for Another World. She lives in Los Angeles.