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Ottessa Moshfegh


Ottessa Moshfegh

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. She is also the author of the short story collection HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD. 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.

Ottessa Moshfegh

Books by Ottessa Moshfegh

by Ottessa Moshfegh - Fiction, Literary Fiction

Little Marek, the abused son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth. One of life’s few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world. Her gift often brings her the transmission of sacred knowledge. But for some people, Ina’s home in the woods outside of the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place. The people’s desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Father Barnabas, the town priest, and governor Villiam. But when fate brings Marek into violent proximity to the lord’s family, new and occult forces upset the old order.

by Ottessa Moshfegh - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

While on her daily walk with her dog in a secluded woods, a woman comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground by stones. "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." But there is no dead body. With very little to go on, our narrator invents a list of murder suspects and possible motives for the crime. Oddly, her suppositions begin to find correspondences in the real world, and the fog of mystery starts to fade into menacing certainty. As her investigation widens, strange dissonances accrue, perhaps associated with the darkness in her own past. We must face the prospect that there is either an innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one.

by Ottessa Moshfegh - Fiction

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for (like the rest of her needs) by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility. What could be so terribly wrong?

by Ottessa Moshfegh - Fiction, Short Stories

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 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 Moshfegh’s voice is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion.

by Ottessa Moshfegh - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker and a secretary at the Moorehead boys’ prison, is consumed with resentment and self-loathing that she tempers with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. She also spends her nights and weekends shoplifting and stalking a prison guard named Randy. When the bright and beautiful Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a budding friendship.