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McGlue
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
Selected for the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose by Rivka Galchen. "Short-fiction genius Ottessa Moshfegh's first novel is a gorgeously sordid story of love and murder on the high seas and in reeky corners of mid-nineteenth-century New York and points North. McGlue is a wonderwork of virtuoso prose and truths that will make you squirm and concur."—Gary Lutz Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue is in the hold, still too drunk to be sure of name or situation or orientation—he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the high seas of literary tradition, Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection. They said I've done something wrong? . . . And they've just left me down here to starve. They'll see this inanition and be so damned they'll fall to my feet and pass up hot cross buns slathered in fresh butter and beg I forgive them. All of them . . . : the entire world one by one. Like a good priest I'll pat their heads and nod. I'll dunk my skull into a barrel of gin. Ottessa Moshfegh was awarded the 2013 Plimpton Discovery Prize for her stories in the Paris Review and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford, and lives in Oakland, California.
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Cinfhen
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Not wanting to lose my McGlue momentum,I‘ve read day two‘s chapters. McGlue is in the throes of alcohol withdrawal and he‘s describing what his mind feels like.... “My hot snake brains they feel like, slithering and stewing around, steam seeping through the crack in my head.” McGlue is an interesting character and it‘s obvious he‘s repressing some homosexual feelings. I‘m quite liking this story.

rohit-sawant That's such a metal illustration 🤘🏼 2d
Cinfhen Ha @rohit-sawant it totally is 😁 I think you might like this novella ~ I could send it to you after I‘m through reading it ✌🏽 2d
rohit-sawant So kind of you to offer to send it! 💕 Thanks! I haven't read Ottessa Moshfegh yet so definitely looking forward. I think this has been on my TBR since I read @vivastory's review long ago. 2d
LeahBergen I‘ll be catching up to you later this afternoon! 👍🏻 2d
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shawnmooney
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Cinfhen Such vivid imagery!! I‘m loving her descriptions both on land and on deck @LeahBergen 2d
LeahBergen Awesome, isn‘t it? 2d
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LeahBergen
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I‘ve just started McGlue for a buddy read with @Cinfhen and @shawnmooney and I randomly picked up I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark yesterday and immediately read half of it.

I‘m going to need something sweet and jolly as a palate cleanser after these two. 😳😳

TrishB You definitely will! 3d
Mdargusch You will need some kind of fluff! 3d
Theaelizabet I‘ve been meaning to get to the McNamara. 3d
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LauraJ In my world, that is “sweet and jolly“! 3d
teainthelibrary I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark was so good but absolutely terrifying! Especially because I grew up in Sacramento and it‘s just a bit too close to home! 3d
ValerieAndBooks You may remember that I grew up in the same area and same time frame as the attacks! It was truly a terrifying time. So glad he was caught but sad McNamara didn‘t live to see that happen. 3d
Erinreadsthebooks I liked both of those books 🙌 2d
Cinfhen I‘m liking McGlue and I thought the McNamara was good....I thought it was a little overhyped 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2d
Cathythoughts Gone in the Dark is so good & yes! .. so readable 2d
LeahBergen @Theaelizabet It‘s compulsively readable! 2d
LeahBergen @LauraJ 😆😆 2d
LeahBergen @teainthelibrary I‘m not usually too freaked out by true crime but this guy?? His scuttling around on rooftops and stacking dishes on the husbands‘ backs so they wouldn‘t move?? Terrifying. 2d
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks I remember you mentioning that now!! 😳😳 Did you grow up in Sacramento or one of the other areas he was in? 2d
LeahBergen @Erinreadsthebooks Good to hear! 👍🏻 2d
teainthelibrary @LeahBergen also how he would change his tone of voice to be all high pitched?? So. Freaking. Creepy. 2d
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I think that‘s why I always wait to read books after their hyped stage (hype annoys me 😆😆). 2d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts And bloody scary, too! 😳 2d
LeahBergen @teainthelibrary And cry to his mother?? 😳 2d
emilyhaldi I couldn‘t put I‘ll be Gone down!!!! (edited) 2d
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen Sacramento! And right in his vicinity. There were a lot of sleepless nights for sure! 1d
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi I read it in two big sittings! 😳 1d
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks Oh my God! I can‘t even imagine what that must‘ve been like after reading this book!! Did you have neighbours that drove around on patrol like the ones I read about?? 1d
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Cinfhen
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I‘ve read my first 5 chapters for the #McGlueBuddyRead and I‘m dazzled by Moshfegh‘s evocative writing. Curious to hear @shawnmooney and @LeahBergen initial impressions 😀

LeahBergen Oh oh, I better get crackin‘! 😆 3d
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kindergartenkat
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I wasn't sure how I felt about this book at first, but I ended up liking it. #readingwomenchallenge This was for my novella task

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catiewithac
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I tried to get into this novella, but it‘s not gonna happen. This is the first book Moshfegh published and the reprinting feels like an attempt to cash in on her recent success. The story reminded me of something an MFA student would write to shock her fellow workshop members. Moshfegh writes a great gross character. McGlue is pretty f-ing gross. But he‘s not that interesting. Read some Melville if you want a real masterful gross tale.

Cinfhen Uh oh, my fellow buddy readers @shawnmooney @LeahBergen I‘m taking bets.... will Shawn bail!???!!??! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Hmm... 🤔.... I‘ll guess YEP. 😆😆 2mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Of ye of little faith! 😂😂 3w
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Librarybelle
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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This one is a little hard to rate. I didn‘t like it, but I didn‘t hate it. It was gritty and raunchy and gory, but I had to keep reading. McGlue is such an unreliable narrator that his ramblings and his ramblings on top of ramblings were convoluted and strange. My first by Moshfegh; I‘d read another by her.

Theaelizabet Interesting to hear about. I read My Year of Rest and Relaxation at the beginning of the year and loved it, but I‘ve heard that her other books are harder going. 2mo
Librarybelle @Theaelizabet My plan is to read My Year of Rest and Relaxation...I have a feeling it‘s a different tone than McGlue. 2mo
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Librarybelle
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Today has been declared a self care Sunday for me! There are so many projects going on at work that it‘s making downtime seem like a luxury, and my constant working has meant less reading time! In between naps and fighting off a headache, I‘m enjoying some reading time with #Zeke and #SebastianKitty . Zeke refuses to leave my side - he‘s missed me! #catsoflitsy

Also, this book is W-E-I-R-D.

Cathythoughts Weird sounds about right 👍🏻😀... I like her though 2mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Messed up characters, swashbuckling times at sea, a totally unreliable narrator, parts that I can't decide were real or were imagined---a strange little book for sure, and I dig it 👍🏼

britt_brooke I love her writing. 3mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Two of my favorite things: Milo and Ottessa Moshfegh

gradcat Your dog is beautiful, and I love Ottessa Moshfegh ❤️🐶👌🏻 3mo
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MelissaSue81
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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What did I just read? I literally have no idea what happened here. What was real, what was imagined? This book got a lot of Litten love. But maybe I‘m not smart enough to figure it out.
This is my Novella for #ReadingWomenChallenge

Johanna414 I hate that feeling! “What did everyone else see that I‘m missing?!” 4mo
BibliOphelia I did not love Eileen. There was clearly talent, but it didn‘t work for me. I‘ll try My Year of... and then see where Mosfegh stands with me. 😂 4mo
Redwritinghood I‘m not a fan of her work. It‘s definitely not for everyone. 4mo
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Cinfhen
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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WOW!!! That was lightening speed quick ⚡️⚡️⚡️My #bookmail from BookDepository arrived today @LeahBergen @shawnmooney 💕🙌🏻Let me know when u want to do that #ThreeWay 😉😂 And how awesome is the new book mark??

Soubhiville Sounds interesting. I‘ll be watching to see how you feel about it! 4mo
dgingo What is Book Depository? 4mo
Cinfhen BookDepository is a website for books. Prices are usually good but the best part is they ship for FREE with NO MINIMUM ANYWHERE in the world!!! @dgingo (edited) 4mo
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KarenUK LOVE that bookmark! I just got a book depository order with a Hygge one, also cute! 4mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen The man in our #threeway is such a voraciously busy reader that I‘m sure we‘ll have to wait for him to slot us into his schedule 😂 Ready when you are! @shawnmooney 4mo
Reviewsbylola Nice! 4mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Hey lovely people, when in May would you like to do this buddy read? It‘s very short so I‘d suggest over the May 24-27 weekend but can certainly be flexible! Also wondering if we can do it on Voxer. 1mo
Cinfhen @shawnmooney That weekend sounds great!! Do u use Voxer walkie Talkie or crew??? There were 2 app choices?? @LeahBergen 1mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen @shawnmooney That weekend works for me! I think it‘s the Voxer walkie talkie, isn‘t it? 🤔 1mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Great! Please add me on Voxer when you‘re all set shawnthebookmaniac 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m on voxer now @shawnmooney @LeahBergen ❣️ found Shawn but there are lots of Leah Bergen‘s 1mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen what‘s your handle? I‘ll look for you! Sorry for the late reply but I‘ve been out of town for a week! 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Lucky u @LeahBergen it‘s C Henzel 1mo
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mdemanatee
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This is a good blurb.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ McGlue‘s a drunk. It‘s 1851, & with a grog-laden body & muddled head, he‘s detained for murder. He is so consumed with desire for more drink that he‘s convinced he did nothing wrong. What follows is a fever dream-like sequence of drying up & remembering.

Moshfegh‘s ability to create vulnerable characters feels like a reflection of herself, & ultimately, of the reader. Her prose is consistently sharp, gorgeous, & grotesque. 🖤

vivastory Stellar review! I really liked this one. 4mo
britt_brooke @vivastory Thank you! 4mo
LeahBergen Great review! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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BarbaraBB Sounds great again! 4mo
JanJan I love her and look forward to reading this! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Need to read this one! 4mo
Megabooks Dying to read this! Fantastic review, as always! 😘 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I have it stacked already 4mo
batsy Fab review! I love your point about her characters—I think that's why I took Eileen so seriously & felt a bit betrayed by the ending 😆 4mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Thanks! Can‘t wait to see what you think about it. 😙 4mo
britt_brooke @JanJan It‘s so good. Hope you enjoy! 4mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen I think you‘ll like it, too! 4mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks so much!! 😙 4mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😙 4mo
britt_brooke @batsy Thank you!! 😙 I understand what you mean about Eileen. That‘s what kept me from giving it that 5th star. 4mo
RaimeyGallant What a fun character name. 4mo
Cinfhen Great review!! My copy arrived today, which is warped speed!! I feel like the universe what‘s me to read this immediately 😉 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! 💚 I can‘t wait to see what you think! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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The order has been placed @shawnmooney Now the wait begins.... I didn‘t realize this is a novella! I‘m kind of excited by that 😉 Looking forward to our mini buddy read ❣️❣️❣️❣️

shawnmooney Whee! Me too! 😍😍 4mo
Cinfhen 😘😘😘 for you & Kenji @shawnmooney 4mo
BarbaraBB A new one by her?? 4mo
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Cinfhen No, it‘s been re- released! I think it might be her first...I‘ll send it to you after my buddy read if you‘re interested @BarbaraBB 4mo
BarbaraBB I am! If you don‘t mind sending me again.... ?! 4mo
LeahBergen Oooo, I‘ll jump in, too. It‘s on my shelf! 4mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Is it rude to invite myself? 😆😆 @shawnmooney 4mo
Cinfhen A little threesome action 😜🙊#sorryNotSorry @shawnmooney @LeahBergen 😘 would love for you to join us 4mo
Cinfhen 🥳🥳🥳🥳 @LeahBergen @shawnmooney I‘m getting those #LitsyAfterDarkVibes 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @shawnmooney @LeahBergen I just finished it. I love her. Hope you all enjoy! 4mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke It‘s been on my shelf for far too long. I‘m excited to read it now! 4mo
Cinfhen Love you @britt_brooke but I won‘t lie...I‘m a little nervous, since you LOVED Stephen Florida and I couldn‘t get into that one at all!!! Hope this one won‘t disappoint xx 4mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Honestly, I‘m not sure if you‘re going to like this, but I hope I‘m wrong! 😬🤞🏻😙💚 4mo
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Librarybelle
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Okay...this is completely #BlameItOnLitsy . I finally broke down and placed on hold Year of Rest and Relaxation. I also ordered this one for the library system‘s collection, and it was processed for me today (perk for being the person to purchase the books, I guess). I‘ve seen so much about this author...might as well give her a try!

BarbaraBB I don‘t know this one but have enjoyed two other books by her! 4mo
Cinfhen @shawnmooney just talked about this book in his booktube today!!! 4mo
ferskner Oh no, are you working today?! 4mo
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Librarybelle @BarbaraBB Good to know! Thank you! 4mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I‘ll have to check that out! 4mo
MelissaSue81 I saw this at my local library the other day and almost picked it up but I decided to wait a bit. 4mo
Librarybelle @ferskner Yes! 😞 We‘re open today, which most people do not realize. 4mo
Librarybelle @MelissaSue81 I hadn‘t heard about this one until I came across it as a reissue. 4mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen Why don‘t we buddy read McGlue sometime in the second half of the year? Or another book. 🥰 4mo
Cinfhen YEEEEESSSSSSS!! Let‘s!!!!! @shawnmooney I‘ll work on scoring a copy xx 4mo
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britt_brooke
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“hot snake brains” = description of a man going through alcohol withdrawal

Ottessa Moshfegh, and her completely odd, yet brilliant way of describing the darker side of life. It‘s kind of her thing.

JackOBotts Love her style! 4mo
Cathythoughts Yes really like her writing 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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britt_brooke
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📚💌 Excited for this Moshfegh novella! #bookmail

LeahBergen I have it waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 5mo
LauraJ I loved it! Messy but interesting characters. 5mo
britt_brooke @LauraJ Good to know! I‘d expect no less from her. 5mo
batsy Nice! McGlue is on my TBR! And Marigold will be a nice way to balance out Moshfegh's darkness 😆 5mo
britt_brooke @batsy 😆 Yes! 5mo
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Rhondareads
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Perfect weekend reading sounds chilling creepy biked as an epic at sea classic a chilling who done it .Could he in a drunken stupor have killed a man ,the man his best friend .Type of opening that draws me right in thanks @PenguinPublishing

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overtheedge
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WOW! This is what I call literature!
Set in Mid 19th. Century, this is a first person account of the dark, troubled life and mind of brutal ambivalent alcoholic named McGlue.
Moshfegh has way of introducing us to characters that are somehow helplessly "flawed", with self loathing become so real.so vital.you feel a compassion for them, an understanding of their tragic lives.
Amazing novel.
Amazing author.
Amazing woman.
I love Otessa Moshfegh!!

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overtheedge
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Starting this today.....Ottessa Moshfegh has quickly become one of my favorites. Eileen and Year of Rest and Relaxation were awesome reads.....so I have high hopes....

readordierachel I just grabbed this from the library too! 10mo
overtheedge It's so dark...so good. Loved it!! I hope you do too! 10mo
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overtheedge
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I went to the library to get McGlue and Kindred.....somehow I left with a stack....lol

Reviewsbylola Kindred is a good read. 10mo
Tera66 I do the same thing knowing darn well I won't get to half of them. But it feels good. 10mo
KristinaRay I‘m reading The Complete Maus right now. @LitsyGetsGraphic is having a discussion on 8-8. 10mo
LitsyGetsGraphic @KristinaRay thanks for tagging. I hope @overtheedge will join us ❤️ 10mo
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LauraJ
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#shortestbookyouread would be McGlue at 118 pages. Loved this one.
#dogsoflitsy #allthebooksof2017

TricksyTails 🐶♥️ That face!! 😘 1y
LauraJ @TricksyTails I think she‘s having some sort of existential crisis. 1y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂 1y
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LauraJ
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Energy flagging. Time to break out the birthday cake!!! #readathon

Joriebooks Looks delicious. 😍🤓 2y
keithmalek Great mug! 2y
Dolly Your cake looks awesome. 🎈🎉Mine today is vanilla/marble. I have the black cat but not on a mug. 2y
LauraJ @Dolly Vanilla/marble is my favorite, but it‘s too hot to bake. I have my black foster kitten for now, but eventually she‘ll go to a permanent home. 2y
Jinjer CAKE👀 2y
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LauraJ
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Starting another one for the #readathon. Velvet Elvis is still keeping me company. Just found out she‘s officially been adopted, so this is our last night together. 😿
#catsoflitsy

LeahBergen 😟 2y
LauraJ @LeahBergen The bastards didn‘t take Elvis, so she‘s back with me 😸 2y
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Howardsimmons
McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Moshfegh is one of my favorite living writers. She wades into the muck and the mire of being human while also maintaining beautiful language and a slightly dreamy quality to her prose.

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LeahBergen
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#BookMail

This one sounds so nasty and seamy ... I just had to have it.

vivastory I really liked this one 2y
Leftcoastzen Hmmmm looks interesting. 2y
LauraJ I have this on the way from the Book Depository for exactly the same reason! 2y
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ApoptyGina69 Stacked. I haven't even read Eileen yet, but it's sitting right here. Soon... 2y
DeborahSmall I loved Eileen so will give this a go 💕 2y
LeahBergen @vivastory I saw that (and it made me buy it all the sooner)! 2y
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen It does. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @LauraJ That's where this one came from. 😀 2y
LeahBergen @ApoptyGina69 I haven't either ... and it's sitting on my shelf, too. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @DeborahSmall I have Eileen and I'm not sure which I will read first. 🤔 2y
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vivastory
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This short novel (118 pages) is crackling with grim recollections, lyrical observations & colloquial speech. McGlue is accused of murdering his close friend. McGlue's friend had a history of self-destructive behavior. Moshfegh is a master at not merely documenting the psyche of flawed characters, she masterfully navigates their obsessions & motivations. Highly recommend if you enjoyed "Eileen"

Lacythebookworm I liked Eileen and Homesick for Another World. I'll have to look for this one! 2y
vivastory @Lacythebookworm hope you enjoy! She's a master at writing flawed characters. 2y
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saresmoore This writing is sorta intense & raw. It really evokes the scene. 2y
vivastory Intense & raw are perfect adjectives for Moshfegh's style @saresmoore 2y
LeahBergen On my "to buy" list. ?? 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen you'll love it 2y
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