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Eileen
Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fictionSo here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know me. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paid fifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now as what it really was for all intents and purposes—a prison for boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place feels appropriate. In a week, I would run away from home and never go back.This is the story of how I disappeared.The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, 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, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.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. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.
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m.galehuxley
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I‘m on page 90 and not sure where it‘s going, but I‘m enjoying it so far.

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vlwelser
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This was dark and twisty. I liked it.

britt_brooke I love Moshfegh. Gritty and sharp. 1mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
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I can‘t believe how little reading I did this week while on vacation! Not even one book completed! 🤦🏻‍♀️ But my daughter and I stumbled onto a Book Warehouse location that was going out of business. Though it was well picked over by the time we found it, I still found lots of gems. Posting from the road but pics to follow when I get home.

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readordierachel
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I tried reading this last year and gave up halfway. Picked it up again for a book club last week and liked it much better this go round. Originally, I found it so flat, so cold. It felt like an exercise in creating an unlikable character. I had the same feelings this time, but they were tempered the more I read. ⬇️

readordierachel Moshfegh is a very deliberate writer, slowly feeding you details (sometimes too slowly), withholding just enough that you fill in the blanks yourself and then giving you more and changing the whole picture. ⬇️ 2mo
readordierachel Once I started connecting all the clues about what Eileen's life was really like (in the present and the future), I saw her "unlikability" as the armor it was, her "death mask" as she calls it. Protection. Didn't like this as much as My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but it pulled me out of my reading slump. 2mo
vivastory Stellar review, Rachel! Glad to hear you're out of your reading slump! 2mo
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batsy Lovely, thoughtful review 💚 2mo
Theaelizabet Glad to read more about this. Loved My Year of...,but wasn‘t sure I would be up for Eileen or McGlue. Now I think I‘ll give this one a try. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, and me too! Are you out of yours? 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It was interesting to go back to this one after having read her latest. I think I'm a fan? 🙃 2mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet I hope you enjoy it! It's quite dark, but lots to think about. I'm curious about McGlue, too. 2mo
Reggie Even though I panned this, I think about it all the time. So it can‘t be pan right? There was something about this month. I think a lot of us were in a slump. Glad you made it out! 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie That's how I felt when I finished! The more I thought about it and talked about it, the more I liked it, haha. 2mo
Tanisha_A I bought it right after i read MYoRaR, and your review makes me want to pick it up as soon as i finish my current read. 👌🏽! 2mo
Gezemice Great review! 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Look forward to your thoughts on it! 2mo
vivastory I am. I don't read as much during the week as I used to because of my new job, but I'm hoping to finish all 4 books I was in the middle of by tomorrow night. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Good! About being out of the slump, not having less time to read. I feel your pain there. Happy reading this weekend 🙂 2mo
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PrincessHeidiii
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Last month I read Ottessa Moshfegh newest novel “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” and I loved it

I was pleased to see Eileen was another winner

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Megabooks
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For much of the beginning of this book, it seems nothing is happening, but the very dramatic ending would not be possible without that lead in. I‘ve found that reading Moshfegh‘s you have to have patience and be prepared for the weird.

She‘s now an auto-buy for me, and so far, all three of her books have been better on audio. 4.5⭐️

#MonthofRereads Love this cover!

Cathythoughts I hope there will be more from this writer soon 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts Me too!!! 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
donnamartinreads She‘s an auto buy for me as well. This book is in my January TBR stack. 😊 5mo
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Megabooks @donnamartinreads I hope you love it! 5mo
donnamartinreads @Megabooks I have a feeling I‘m going to! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I really need to read this one!! 5mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I‘m excited to see what you think. It‘s kinda like what you said about the new Boyne, hard to get through the beginning but worthwhile! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Ok I‘ll keep that in mind! 5mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Weirdly enough, I‘m enjoying the first section of the Boyne 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m about 10% in. (I read 4 books at the same time. I‘m weird. I can‘t remember the last time I could read one whole book in a day. 🤷🏻‍♀️) 5mo
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Megabooks
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Two days to finish two books. Normally not a problem, but I‘m pretty busy so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #MonthofRereads I‘m getting pretty excited for fresh books.

@Cinfhen I read the first chapter of Written in Blood, and I already have OPINIONS, but I‘m holding off on more until Jan. 1!

If you want to join in the #WritteninBlood #buddyread, check out @EadieB ‘s profile!

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Im gonna start today but I know NOTHING at all about this case. Do u think I should do some pre read research or go in blind!???? 5mo
Megabooks I think it would be interesting to go in blind. The author has a definite point of view. I‘d recommend following up with The Staircase on Netflix. I changed my mind about two years after the trial upon my second viewing of The Staircase. I watched it for the third time with my dad this summer + the 5 new episodes. The treatment of the Duke lacrosse players by the DA‘s office in Durham factored in as well. @Cinfhen (edited) 5mo
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StephBengtson
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Finishing this up tonight while my sweet angel baby sleeps. He played hard with all of his new toys and now he‘s out! Hope everyone had a wonderful day.

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BlameJennyJane
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It was a surprisingly book-lite Christmas for this book geek. I did get one book, the sweetest book ever, from dear @toddred29 , but he couldn‘t wait and gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. 💗 He also spoiled me by adding The Golden Girls- all four- to my Funk-o Pop collection! I‘ve spent some of the day reading and I did download the tagged book just cuz! My blessings are endless. I count you littens in those blessings. 🤗🤗🤗

tracey38 I love The Golden Girls! 5mo
BlameJennyJane I do too- they are as real as real gets @tracey38 ! 5mo
tracey38 @BlameJennyJane they are. My aister got my a Golden Girls tshirt for Chriatmas and I love it! 5mo
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tracey38 *Christmas 5mo
BlameJennyJane @tracey38 love it!! You‘ve got an awesome sister. 😁 5mo
tracey38 @BlameJennyJane well, she is. But I saw it in a store when she was with me and kept talking about it. 5mo
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Billypar
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#Happyxmas everyone! This is a special holiday review of a modern Christmas classic (as long as you have a somewhat warped sense of humor). My first Moshfegh has everything I love in a novel- a misanthropic main character, dark comedy that is disturbing at times, poignant at others. And it's completely unpredictable- you have no idea where it will head, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
Happy holidays!
#winterwonderland @TrishB @Cinfhen

Karisa And just like that my to be read stack grows larger... 😉 5mo
TrishB Have this on tbr! Not got to yet. 5mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄 ❤️ 5mo
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Leftcoastzen I did love it , She is so awful! Love 5mo
Cinfhen Love the review & the photo!! It‘s so darn joyful for such a disturbing book❤️❤️☃️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas Vinny 🎄✨I loved this one too 👍🏻 5mo
Billypar @Karisa @TrishB I have no doubt that my TBR will expand faster in 2019 than the books I get to read from it 😁 5mo
Billypar Merry Christmas @CarolynM @Cathythoughts ! Hope yours was nice 😃🎄 5mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen I know- awful, but I still loved her. Looking forward to MYOR&R and other Moshfegh. 5mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Thanks! And I know, a somewhat misleading photo 😂 5mo
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Billypar
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😂😂

Leftcoastzen Ah , remember it well. 5mo
LeahBergen Ha! 😆 5mo
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JackOBotts
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Eileen is not for everyone; she is not the most likable or endearing character, but there are moments I felt for her. She is friendless, “caring for” her alcoholic father on her own, surviving in Xville. The novel builds slowly over the course of Eileen‘s final days in her hometown, as we learn a lot about her through what is said...and left unsaid. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk may also enjoy Moshfegh.

Mccall0113 Is this better than her short stories? 5mo
britt_brooke I like Moshfegh! 5mo
JackOBotts @britt_brooke 🙌🏼 Me too! @Mccall0113 I enjoyed her short stories...if you didn‘t like Homesick... (because of the characters and/or content), you may not enjoy Eileen. Moshfegh has a distinct style. I like darker stuff like this (unattractive protagonists, etc.). 5mo
Cathythoughts I felt for Eileen too ... love this writer ♥️👍🏻 5mo
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JackOBotts
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“People truly engaged in life have messy houses.”

Well, at least now I have an excuse...I must be thoroughly engaged! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Eileen is one of the most unlikeable, messed up, and disgusting characters I‘ve read. A great character study and I did enjoy the book. I remember the story is set around Christmas season, where Eileen helped out at her workplace‘s Christmas Day pageant decoration. On one of the scenes, she walks in the snow and hitchhikes to NYC. 🥶
#winterwonderland #babyitscoldoutside

TrishB I have this on the tbr - saving it for when I‘m ready for the horrible character! 5mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one ♥️ 5mo
GatheringBooks i just found this book at the #BigBadWolf book fair here in Malaysia. I got it for a steal at 2 singapore dollars. 5mo
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Reggie This book was so funny to me how far she went to make Eileen so deplorable. Did you read her new one? It has a better message but the unlikability is still there. 5mo
Cinfhen I could not get into this book!!! The physical descriptions were really GROSS 5mo
TamCotzias Ottessa Moshfegh writes unlikable characters, the character in My Year of Rest & Relaxation was unlikablely self involved. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Reggie do you mean this book? I have not. On my wishlist 😊 5mo
Reggie That‘s the one. Lots of craziness. 5mo
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JackOBotts
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I have too many books on my shelves #tbr and didn‘t “need” to borrow one from my library, but this is takes place during the holiday season. It was only fitting to read it now. #PerfectTiming 🤷🏻‍♀️ Looking forward to this dark read. #Christmas 🎄 #TisTheSeason

JanJan I just finished this. Eileen is so strange and fascinating. I can‘t stop thinking about the book. 6mo
Reggie @JanJan I panned this book but still a year and a half later I can tell you a lot about this book because it sears itself into your brain. Eileen is not likable as a character but there‘s something to be said for the writing. It wasn‘t a pan. 6mo
JackOBotts @JanJan @Reggie I enjoyed the dark characters in her short story collection (Homesick for Another World). Her writing seems to align with my appreciation for darker, less (directly) likable characters. We‘ll see how Eileen‘s story unfolds... 6mo
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Megabooks
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I read this right when it came out, and I felt strange, almost uncomfortable about it. I don‘t remember that much, though.

Now it‘s #MonthofRereads and I liked her other books so much, I‘m giving it another shot.

Cinfhen Wow!!! A whole month of rereads!!!! I don‘t think I could do that!!! Too many shiny new books!!!!!! 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen That‘s what I think the other 11 months of the year, but Thanksgiving on is reserved for rereads. It‘ll be interesting to see how I handle #booked2019 😁😁 6mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! It will...but I have confidence in you❣️🙌🏻 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you friend!! 👍🏻👍🏻📚 6mo
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JanJan
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I want to read everything Otessa Moshfegh has published.

mauveandrosysky She‘s the best! 6mo
Sweettartlaura Love her 😍. I‘m doing a Buddy Read with @Jenn1 next year for 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m giving this a pick because it was very good. Only I have to say the last lap was hard going ..... very upsetting & unnerving

Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I think so ! I think she‘s an excellent writer 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
TrishB Is it wrong I want to read now 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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LeahBergen @TrishB Do it! It‘s a bizarre one. 😳 6mo
Cathythoughts @Trishb yes, Do ! I‘d love to hear your thoughts 👍🏻❤️Hope your feeling a bit better today ❤️ 6mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts maybe whilst I‘m off once my brain is back in gear! 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 I‘m not a very patient person!! 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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#NoFemmeBer #Freakyfreaks there are a lot of #freakyfreaks in this book , but I have to say I love Eileen..... with Eileen you walk on a tightrope- that borderline edge of comedy & poignancy & brilliant truth.
It‘s safe to say I‘m loving this book ... not over yet though ...

TrishB I can tell you‘re loving it 💕 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB oh yes 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
Cinfhen I tried this one and it wasn‘t clicking with me. Glad you‘re enjoying so much 💚 6mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Books !!! Go figure 🤷🏻‍♀️... ( I am loving it .... that‘s the way it goes with us readers. 😘♥️ 6mo
Leftcoastzen It was an odd one ,but I liked it. 6mo
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen very odd one. I did like it too. But the end was hard going.... 6mo
TheBookStacker Surprisingly Moshfegh has become a favorite author of mine. Her books are so bizarre. 6mo
Cathythoughts @TheBookStacker yes I think she is really good. I‘ll look forward to her next one ... 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
Billypar Good time of year for fireside reading! Looking forward to ending the year on this one. 6mo
CarolynM I found the last part of the book totally unbelievable which was a shame because the character and the set up were really interesting 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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Just started, sure you‘d recognize the style , after My Year of Rest and Relaxation... love it 👍🏻❤️🖤

TrishB Been on the pile since last Christmas! 6mo
Billypar Ooh, hope you like it cause this is coming up for me! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, this one seems to divide readers into two camps..great character study. Look forward to your thoughts. 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Good luck today... thinking of you ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm I have a reasonably free Saturday ( so far 🙄) .... I‘m hoping to have it read over the weekend 🤞🏻❤️ (edited) 6mo
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batsy
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"That is what I imagined life to be—one long sentence of waiting out the clock."

"I didn‘t believe in heaven, but I did believe in hell."

Eileen is the perfect representation of a #DebbieDowner. Although I had issues with the novel's ending, Eileen is a character that has stayed with me. Based on the two Moshfegh novels I've read, she has a knack for writing idiosyncratic Debbie Downers.

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to Eileen ❤️❤️👍🏻 7mo
TrishB Must get to.... 7mo
saresmoore I‘ve yet to read Moshfegh, though I‘m not sure why. I mean, I love weird, depressing characters. 7mo
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AmyG Inwas just thinking the same thing...how she has a knack for writing about the sad character. Ha, @saresmoore I love a good dysfunctional family. What does this say about us?🤣 (edited) 7mo
CarolynM I liked the writing in this one but really struggled with the story. A lot of it didn't ting true. Like you I found the ending particularly difficult. 7mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB Same as @CarolynM, I felt let down by this one but many loved it. I still think it's a strong book for her amazing writing & unique characterisation; a writer of the strange & grim. 7mo
batsy @saresmoore @AmyG Me too, those are my favourite kind of books 🙈 7mo
Cinfhen I tried the novel but it wasn‘t a “fun” read ~ it was leaving me highly agitated 😣 so I pulled a “Shawn Mooney” and bailed at the 30% mark 7mo
batsy @Cinfhen I can understand that! I keep telling myself I need to pull a Shawn Mooney more often when a book isn't doing it for me 🙂 7mo
britt_brooke YES! I‘m reading her short story collection now and most of its characters qualify as well. 7mo
saresmoore @AmyG I think it says that we are intriguing individuals with perhaps some latent psychosomatic issues that only serve to make us excellent dinner party guests. 😜 7mo
AmyG @saresmoore Yes, I agree. ;) 7mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one much better and now I am a fan 7mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I loved that one, too. It's a more mature work than Eileen, I think. 7mo
batsy @britt_brooke I'm very keen to read that! But I suspect I'd have to take it in small doses, spaced out. 7mo
britt_brooke @batsy That would be the best way, I think. I‘ve borrowed it from the library so I‘m reading all together. Most stories thus far are similar to Eileen in darkness. 7mo
Billypar I have this slated for a holiday season read in December. You know, to get into the spirit 🙄🎄 7mo
batsy @Billypar 🎉🎉🎄🥂🥂🥂 6mo
readordierachel I struggled with this one and eventually bailed, but I just checked out her latest from the library. I'm hoping I'll like it better since you and @BarbaraBB both recommend! 6mo
GatheringBooks oooh! another one for our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme! i should create a list soonest! 6mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moshfegh ferries us deep inside Eileen‘s self-loathing, easily-infatuated brain. She often thinks what many would deem repugnant thoughts, but is not unlike the rest of us. We can hide our skeletons. Eileen can‘t hide from the reader. She is painfully lonely and looking for acceptance from someone, anyone.

Moshfegh‘s writing is so sharp and refreshing, meticulous and smart. It‘s an impressive character study.

Cinfhen Great review!! I really want to read 7mo
vivastory Excellent review! I loved it. If you haven't read it yet, another excellent character study is 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! 💚 I read My Year of Rest and Relaxation recently and loved it. Her writing is just fantastic! (edited) 7mo
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britt_brooke @vivastory Thank you! 💚 I haven‘t read Stephen Florida yet, but I‘ve seen some great reviews on here. Just stacked it! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read that book too @vivastory #stacked 7mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this one, too. 👍🏻 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read this one for so long. 7mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I think you‘d like this one. 7mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Have you read her others? 7mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t but I have McGlue on my shelf. (edited) 7mo
Reggie Wow, what a great empathetic review!!! 7mo
batsy Great review! I loved it a lot for the reasons you mentioned but then felt cheated by the ending, for reasons I still can't quite explain well. But Moshfegh is so talented. 7mo
britt_brooke @Reggie Thanks so much! 💚 7mo
britt_brooke @batsy I know what you mean. That‘s what kept it from being 5 stars for me. 7mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I need to get that one. I loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation and I‘m on hold for her story collection. 7mo
gradcat I LOVED this one. 7mo
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Mentallofilth
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Beautifully written, but mismarketed. This is not a thriller; almost nothing happens for 90% of the book. This is, more than anything, a character study of vehement self-loathing. As that, it works very well, despite being a bit too slim.

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Jocelyn73c
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"A grown woman is like a coyote -- she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone too long and they'll die of sadness." ??? I see truth here lol

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Jocelyn73c
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Sometimes a lazy rainy day is just what is needed.

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GhostStories
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Mosfegh is a smart storyteller and this is a story that could go anywhere or nowhere and still be And entrancing. Eileen is a dark, sometimes funny, surprising novel. Part of what made it wonderful was Alyssa Bresnahan‘s narration. She gave Eileen a perfectly dry, condescending, self-aggrandizing voice, and was able to capture each character by an amazing feat of vocal acting.

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Snow
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Had to jump in to Eileen after reading “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
According to my kindle I‘m 46% through, and so far I‘m liking it. Still waiting to be wowed but haven‘t given up faith 🤞

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Leftcoastzen
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A pick with reservations.Eileen has self loathing to spare and some pretty disgusting habits so liking this character is unlikely. Moshfegh has some humor in all this darkness that gives Eileen a gritty slow burn intensity ,she waxes on how she might escape her drab existence but is dulled into a state of inaction .Some of the writing blew me away but the ending felt forced to me.

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 10mo
BarbaraBB She knows how to write! I just read her new one and liked it more than Eileen. 10mo
CarolynM I agree @BarbaraBB she can certainly write but I also agree with @Leftcoastzen that her characters here are hard to like and the ending was unsatisfactory. 10mo
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Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB that is next on my list! 10mo
Leftcoastzen @CarolynM I guess I would say I “like” unhappy ,hard to like characters,and I can think of a more obvious ending involving her father,but I would find that kind of the easy out and not like that either.😀🙄 (edited) 10mo
LeahBergen I‘m about halfway through this right now. 👍🏻 10mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I felt that way too about Eileen (even though I can‘t think of a better ending), that‘s why I liked her newest more! 10mo
batsy I "like" hard to like characters as well, and don't have issues with how grim it was, but I felt manipulated by the ending but can't really describe why... Weird feeling. 10mo
batsy Love your review, btw! The "gritty slow burn intensity" is what I liked about this. 10mo
TrishB Still on my tbr! 10mo
CarolynM @batsy I think I felt a bit manipulated by the whole book. The ending didn't make a lot of sense to me - I found it unconvincing. 10mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy thanks and I totally agree with you about the ending. 10mo
Leftcoastzen @TrishB hope everyone trashing the ending doesn‘t discourage you from reading it .Her writing is intriguing and dark in a good way . 10mo
TrishB I will get to it eventually! I‘m intrigued to know the ending now. 10mo
Leftcoastzen @TrishB 😂we gotcha!So many things to read,so little time. 10mo
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LeahBergen
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Okay. Let‘s see what I think of Ottessa Moshfegh ...

BarbaraBB She is such an interesting author; even though I don‘t love her books I keep coming back for more! 10mo
Reggie I‘m kinda conflicted about her, her writing is great but let me know when you come to the intimacy that comes with popping the pimples off a Russian bf‘s back. 10mo
shawnmooney Oooh can‘t wait 10mo
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batsy I had conflicting feelings about this book, too. Will be curious to know what you think. 10mo
Joy0201 I love her. I find her writing unique and enjoy her use of the uncomfortable and uncanny to make me squirm as a reader. That said, I know she isn‘t for everyone. 10mo
JacqMac This one is waiting on my kindle. I will be watching to see what you think. 10mo
BiblioLitten @JacqMac mine as well. I read two pages and bailed.😕 10mo
DeborahSmall Loved this ❤️ 10mo
AceOnRoam What did you think of this one @LeahBergen ?? 10mo
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam I‘m only about 60 pages in so far and it‘s a weird one! Have you read it? 10mo
AceOnRoam I have it out on Overdrive but I keep selecting other books to read. I'm a bit scared it's going to make me feel like a literary failure 🙁 10mo
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam I‘m enjoying it so far, actually. The character (told in first-person narration) is quite odious and really awkwardly strange. 😆 10mo
AceOnRoam That's a good sign, I think lol. My book isn't due back for 29 more days, so there is some hope that I will get to it! 10mo
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam Well, give it a whirl, anyway. 😆 10mo
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2BR02B
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Have you read anything by Ottessa Moshfegh? I have not, but this New Yorker profile makes me want to bump her up my TBR list. She sounds like a pretty fascinating individual.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/09/ottessa-moshfeghs-otherworldly-fic...

Cathythoughts This picture.. so graceful 💫a dancer sitting down 10mo
Cathythoughts I want to read too ... 10mo
Leftcoastzen See @batsy she did a stellar review of 10mo
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2BR02B @Cathythoughts she actually talks in the article about wearing a back brace for three years to correct her scoliosis. Apparently it wasn't entirely successful and her spine still curves like a snake. 10mo
Cathythoughts Ahh .. there is grace there .. there is spirit 10mo
2BR02B @Leftcoastzen Thanks for sharing! It's indeed a great review (as most @batsy reviews are) and now I'm torn between whether to start with that or 10mo
Leftcoastzen @2BR02B I have not read her yet either, didn‘t know about the stories! 😂 10mo
TrishB I have Eileen on the pile! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I read and really enjoyed 10mo
Soubhiville I love her photo! 10mo
UrsulaMonarch The profile made me feel similarly, @2BR02B ! And I ALSO thought if @batsy here! 💚 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha just mentioned her in another post! 10mo
DeborahSmall Eileen is great 10mo
monalyisha I was not a fan of her short stories but some other members of my book club really liked them. I like it more when ugly subject matter is juxtaposed with beautiful writing. While she‘s a talented writer, she writes in a gross way to shine a light on gross people doing gross things. (edited) 10mo
monalyisha I‘ll agree that @batsy ‘s review of “My Year of Rest & Relaxation” has peaked my interest (I love Melville). I may give her another go at some point. Maybe I‘ll like her better as a novelist; I‘m interested to see how she deals with gender in long-form. (edited) 10mo
Joy0201 Yes! She is fantastic. One of my favorites!!! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read the tagged book, looking forward to read 10mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen @2BR02B @monalyisha @UrsulaMonarch Thank you for your kind words ♥️ I love her writing but I did have some issues with Eileen that I didn't have with her newest book. I'm looking forward to reading McGlue & her short stories but I need a break—she does have an uncompromising way of reminding one of the worst of the world 😅 10mo
2BR02B @monalyisha That's an interesting way of putting it. Would you classify her work as transgressive fiction? 10mo
BibliOphelia I‘ve only read the tagged book, and was really ambivalent about it. She can obviously write like a house afire, but some of her choices left me cold. 10mo
monalyisha @2BR02B Hmm. After quickly googling “transgressive fiction” (🙈😝), I‘d say probably not. (In the short stories I read, anyway), The characters don‘t usually “break free” of societal confines or find enlightenment through transgression. But I‘d likely characterize “Geek Love” (the book I just finished) in that way! 10mo
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Luke_arugala
Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh

She kills her dad, I bet.

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readordierachel
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Bailedbailed

Eh. This started out strong and then became so...flat. I get the impression that I'm supposed to be shocked or dismayed by Eileen, but it feels manipulative and I feel nothing for her. Even the descriptions of bodily functions, which I gather are meant to make me squeamish, leave me cold. I made it halfway but I don't really want to continue. 😕

Redwritinghood Agree. I hated this book. 11mo
Lylah I loved this book for exactly the reasons you listed! Eileen felt very real to me in a way a lot of characters don‘t. I can see how it‘s something people really wouldn‘t enjoy though. 😜 11mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood I didn't hate it, but I'm definitely disappointed :/ 11mo
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readordierachel @Lylah Ha! Funny how that works sometimes. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I didn't mind the subject matter per se. For me, it was just a lack of connection. 11mo
Lylah @ReadOrDieRachel I totally get that! 11mo
batsy I started out loving it, but by the last third I felt intensely manipulated and pissed off. I'm not sure how to put it, but the ending of it felt cynical and empty. 11mo
Reggie This book... like the author went out of her way to make Eileen so deplorable and irredeemable. My favorites most hated passage is when she describes her fascination with the boy‘s isolation room waste bucket that leads into the intimacy she felt popping pimples on an ex-Russian bf‘s back. Was she modeled after a garbage pail kid? 11mo
readordierachel @batsy Ok, that reaffirms my decision to bail. No regrets. If I want to feel manipulated and pissed off I'll just read the news 🙃 11mo
readordierachel @Reggie Garbage pail kid!!! 🤣 That's perfect. Honestly, I felt the bodily function obsession was trying way too hard. I get it, she likes poo. So what? 11mo
Moray_Reads I finished it but she definitely tries to hard it make it distasteful, as if that on its own makes it original or significant. It doesn't. Add it develops the plot also becomes utterly ridiculous 11mo
readordierachel @Moray_Reads I'm glad I bailed then. Life is too short. 11mo
Debiw781 Ewww and thanks @Reggie as I definitely know this isn‘t a book for me- although 😂😂😂 about the garbage pail kid comment 11mo
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Kappadeemom
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Y‘all. This book. Glad I‘m not eating this morning. I can smell Eileen from here 👃

rustoryhuf You‘re at the beach! 12mo
Kappadeemom @rustoryhuf yes! We are in Jamaica 🌴 We left the kids at home the day after graduation 😂😂 12mo
rustoryhuf @Kappadeemom that‘s PARENTING!! 12mo
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Lidia Hi! was wondering if you got my package before you went on your vacation. I sent you 12mo
Kappadeemom @Lidia Hi! I did but did t have time to take a picture. I had high school graduation and then we left for vacay. Was going to do it when I got home. It‘s been a whirlwind the last two weeks at my house! 12mo
Lidia Ok don't worry. I just wanted to make sure you got it. Have a great vacation! @Kappadeemom 12mo
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Kappadeemom
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Starting this one today

Mdargusch Looks like a great reading spot! 🏖 12mo
EJG31 Might have to give this a try, not often I see a book with my name! 12mo
Reggie Omg, this one is, Eileen is just deplorable, she‘s the worst. I‘m curious to see what you think about this book. 12mo
Kappadeemom @EJG31 ummm, you might not like this Eileen 12mo
EJG31 @Kappadeemom, thanks for the heads up. The description is a bit off putting. 12mo
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GhostStories
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Flat Midwest car trip while listening to Eileen. Love her descriptions!

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EH2018
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Book haul...❤ library book sale season

C.Perone The secret life of the grown-up brain was a really good read 13mo
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Nickinpa
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3 stars until the ending then it turned into 1 star for me.

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Mitch
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Not out until the summer - but looking good! I really enjoyed the darkness of Eileen and this looks similarly dry!

readordierachel I love the cover. She looks so over it. 1y
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ohnoitstorgo
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Mehso-so

Interesting read. I probably would‘ve enjoyed it more if I‘d never read Shirley Jackson, but, since I have, this book felt pretty derivative to me.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it.
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BlackcladBibliothecary
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Pickpick

Eileen reminded me of the Bell Jar where our heroine and titular character is in a deep depression and spends a lot of time brooding. Like Plath, Ottessa Moshfegh is able to make you laugh at rather disturbing scenes. You find yourself relating to Eileen one moment and horrified by her the next. The book has a great build up and a great pay off at the end.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 1y
BlackcladBibliothecary @RaimeyGallant thank you! I read the tips this morning. Very helpful 👍🏻 1y
RaimeyGallant Awesome. :) 1y
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perfectlywinged
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Remembering some of my favorite weird literary Christmas tales. Eileen is still vivid and haunting in my mind from last year.

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bookish_wookish
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I need this book!! Has anybody read it? #mycalendarmademebuyit

twohectobooks Ooh, what is this calendar? 1y
bookish_wookish its the page-a-day desk calendar that i got from barnes and noble. each day it has a new little blurb about a book @twohectobooks 1y
ptkpepe98 I wasn't crazy about it, but everyone has different likes and dislikes, so you might love it.😬 1y
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sprainedbrain I liked it! Also, I have that calendar... it‘s hard on my TBR 😂 1y
bookish_wookish i did a whole thriftbooks order on just calendar picks!! 😂 @sprainedbrain 1y
Godmotherx5 Sounds interesting. I think that calendar 📆 might cause my demise. 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Eileen is a bitter, desperate, hopeless and unlikeable character yet her story is morbidly fascinating that makes you keep turning the pages. I didn‘t love this one but liked it enough not to bail.
This book is #setinwinter. #decktheshelves @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

batsy Good pick. I would have loved it but something about the tone and how it ended didn't work for me... 1y
RebelReader I bailed on this one. 🙁 1y
Reggie I started to laugh when she went on to talk about how fascinated she was with the waste bucket in the boys isolation room and then segued into how intimate she felt with a Russian boyfriend as she popped his pimples on his back. Was she a garbage pail kid? Lol Otessa goes out of her way to make her as despicable as she can. And I felt stupid cause I stuck around to see if Rachel would make the book better, but nope. 1y
CarolynM I thought it worked as a character study of the narrator, but the story was pretty hard to believe 1y
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LastSplash
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Pickpick

I finished this novel last night and thought it was exceptional. If you're looking for an unsettling deep character dive (maybe for a spooky October pick?) take this one for a spin. It's the story of a young woman (Eileen) written in first POV. You're right there with her in all her sharp, darkly funny, and grotesque glory as she journeys through the days leading up to her hasty departure from her hometown "X-Ville."

Titania David Sedaris was promoting this book when I saw him on tour last year. It sounded very dark and warped. 2y
LastSplash @Titania I'd say those are excellent words to describe it! And it's just so well-written; Moshfegh is unrelenting in her portrait of a twisted (but occasionally relatable!) character (edited) 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Thanks for the tag @merelybookish 😊 I‘d love to see recommendations (if you haven‘t already) from @readsusieread @Librariana @Lindy @LibrarianJen @BooksForEmpathy @KimM and anyone else who‘d like to share!
#10authorrecommendations

Lindy You've got some great authors on your list, and one I haven't heard of: Vindala Vida. Tell me more about Vida! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Lindy Her books feature solitary women as they try to navigate their life situations. The settings are intriguing as well. Lapland, Morocco, Turkey. I recommend (edited) 2y
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Lindy @Lacythebookworm Of course! (I am smacking my head now.) I love that book. I had the wrong spelling and didn't connect Vindala with Vendela. 2y
Lacythebookworm @Lindy Probably because I spelled her name wrong! 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Lindy @Lacythebookworm Well, thanks for reminding me about Vida. 👍😊 2y
Lacythebookworm @Lindy You‘re welcome! I think I‘ll get a copy of one of hers I haven‘t read yet 2y
merelybookish Fun list. So many good women writers!! Thanks. 2y
BooksForEmpathy Omg how could I even compete with yours!? I am about to drive home and think about who mine are!!! We have such similar tastes 💕. 2y
readsusieread @Lacythebookworm I have some thinking to do! 2y
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Lit_lust
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Pickpick

Delightful!!!!

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant P.S. Here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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Rcoco Delightful??? Lol 1y
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Brie
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I love the beautiful simplicity of #bare books 📚 #uncannyoctober

Megabooks Nice 2y
RealLifeReading Pretty! 2y
youneverarrived Lovely 😍 2y
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ApoptyGina69
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Hello from San Diego! I have been waiting for a chance to post my own photo like this since I've seen others and it always looks so great. Trouble is, I'm not really reading bc people-watching and "resting my eyes" keeps happening. Then, in an hour or so, beer!! What a life. ????

mrozzz Wooooo. Enjoy! 😎 2y
Cinfhen Sounds perfect 👌🏽 😙enjoy 2y
britt_brooke Sounds absolutely perfect! Enjoy!! 🍻 2y
LauraBeth Oh nice! Enjoy - I'm jealous! 😀🍻 2y
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SassyPants617
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3 of my favorite things. Tacos 🌮, a book 📖, and my bed 🛏

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mariahgonzalez_0417
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If you're looking for a new book, check this one out. So far it's really good. 👌🏻

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