Eileen: A Novel

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Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour. 

So 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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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. Her short stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, 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. Her short story collection, Homesick for Another World, was published in January 2017. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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Penguin
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Published on
Aug 18, 2015
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272
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ISBN
9780698401624
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English
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Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time

"I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book. Simultaneously, I’m shocked and scandalized. She’s brilliant, this young woman."—David Sedaris

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 the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is 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 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 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 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.
Man Booker Prize Finalist, LA Times Book Prize Finalist, New York Times Editor’s Choice, and an American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestseller!

Named a Best Book of 2016 by Newsweek, NPR, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times!

In the smash hit historical thriller that the New York Times Book Review calls “thought provoking fiction,” a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime?

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question.

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s multilayered narrative—centered around an unreliable narrator—will keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice.
Un thriller espeluznante, hipnótico y divertido. Una primera novela poderosa, que cautiva y perturba al lector. La voz de Ottessa Moshfegh irrumpe con fuerza en las letras norteamericanas.

Recuerda este nombre: Eileen.

La Navidad ofrece muy poco a Eileen Dunlop, una chica modesta y perturbada atrapada entre su papel de cuidadora de un padre alcohólico y su empleo administrativo en Moorehead, un correccional de menores cargado de horrores cotidianos. Eileen templa sus tristes días con fantasías perversas y sueña con huir a una gran ciudad. Mientras tanto, llena sus noches con pequeños hurtos en la tienda local, espiando a Randy, un ingenuo y musculoso guardia del reformatorio, y limpiando los desastres que su padre deja en casa.

Cuando la brillante, guapa y alegre Rebecca Saint John hace su aparición como nueva directora educativa de Moorehead, Eileen es incapaz de resistirse a esa milagrosa e incipiente amistad. Pero en un giro digno de Hitchcock, el cariño de Eileen por Rebecca la convierte en cómplice de un crimen.

* Ganadora del prestigioso Premio PEN/Hemingway al mejor debut literario, nominado al Man Booker Prize 2016 y uno de los mejores libros del año.

* Elegida como una de las mejores novelistas jóvenes de Estados Unidos por la revista Granta.

Críticas:
«Si Jim Thompson se casara con Patricia Highsmith (imaginen el hogar) podrían haber conspirado juntos para imaginar algo como Eileen. Es más negra que el negro y fría como un témpano. Una narración brillante y terriblemente divertida.»
John Banville

«Una de las nuevas voces más virtuosas de los últimos años. Su prosa es asombrosa, ingeniosa y electrizante.»
Bustle

«Eileen es una obra extraordinaria, siempre oscura y sorprendente, por momentos desagradable y en ocasiones hilarante. Confíen en mí: nunca han leído algo remotamente parecido.»
Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

«Su protagonista es todo menos común: es vivaz y humana. Una novela cautivadora. Moshfegh escribe frases hermosas. Una tras otra se despliegan, juguetonas, escandalosas, inteligentes, morbosas, ingeniosas y mordaces.»
Lily King, New York Times Book Review

«Moshfegh trabaja como una maga que insta a la expectativa.»
Kevin Rabalais, The Sydney Morning Herald

«Eileen enciende la relación simbiótica entre el amor y el odio, la esperanza y el engaño, y, para el lector, entre la repulsión y el enganche absoluto.»
Boris Kachka, New York Magazine

«Una descendiente de Nathaniel Hawthorne y Raymond Carver, Moshfegh transforma el veneno en algo embriagador.»
Rivka Galchen

«Una novela de debut con un propósito macabro. Hay un radicalismo punk en su representación de una joven mujer tímida y, al mismo tiempo, grotesca y perversa.»
The New Yorker

«Una joven escritora que ya posee una visión muy perspicaz de los callejones más oscuros de la psique humana.»
Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

«La heroína de Moshfegh posee el fraseo hipnótico del Humbert Humbert de Lolita y la mirada sin párpados del Hannibal Lecter de El silencio de los corderos... Otessa Moshfegh es ya la next great thing de la literatura norteamericana. ¿Contrapartes en español? Sara Mesa, Mariana Enríquez o Elvira Navarro. Todas descendientes de hembras extrañas como Silvina Ocampo, Joy Williams y Sylvia Plath.»
Rodrigo Fresán, Vanity Fair

«Una primera novela oscuramente divertida. No te olvidarás fácilmente de Eileen, palabra de lector.»
Toni Hill, Librotea (El País)

»Originell, modig, mästerlig.« | The Guardian

Nominerad till 2016 års Man Booker Prize!

Det är inte mycket med julen som gör Eileen Dunlop särskilt glad. Hon är en försynt men djupt bekymrad ung kvinna fångad mellan rollen som sin alkoholiserade pappas vårdare och ett dagjobb som sekreterare på Moorehead, ett ungdomsfängelse för pojkar, fullt av sina egna vardagliga fasor.
Eileen håller på att förtäras av bitterhet och självförakt, och kompenserar sina dystra dagar med perversa fantasier och drömmar om att fly till storstaden. Samtidigt fyller hon sina nätter och helger med snattande och med att förfölja en fängelsevakt vid namn Randy.
När den smarta, snygga och gladlynta Rebecca Saint John dyker upp som Mooreheads nya kurator blir Eileen hänförd och lyckas inte motstå det som till en början framstår som en mirakulös, knoppande vänskap. I en Hitchcockartad vändning drar hennes tillgivenhet för Rebecca slutligen in henne i ett brott som går bortom hennes vildaste föreställningar.

OTTESSA MOSHFEGH är en amerikansk författare från New England, vars noveller har publicerats i The Paris Review och The New Yorker och för vilka hon fått flera priser. Eileen är hennes första roman, som hyllats unisont i den engelskspråkiga pressen. Boken har vunnit en PEN/Hemingway Award i kategorin »Bästa debutroman« och nominerats till både Man Booker Prize och National Book Critics Circle Award.

»En häpnadsväckande roman, raktigenom mörk och överraskande, stundtals ful och ibland hysteriskt rolig. Dess berättare är en av de underligaste, mest störda, mest patetiska - och ändå, på hennes eget oefterhärmeliga sätt, charmiga - misfits jag stött på i litteraturen. Tro mig, du har aldrig läst något som är ens i närheten av Eileen.« | Washington Post
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time

"I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book. Simultaneously, I’m shocked and scandalized. She’s brilliant, this young woman."—David Sedaris

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 the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is 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 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 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 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.
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