Homesick for Another World

Homesick for Another World


eBook - 2017
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An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2017.
ISBN: 9780399562891
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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StaceyM_KCMO Jun 08, 2017

"This is new short story collection by Otessa Moshfegh. The stories are somewhat dark and occasionally brutal, but I think they express something very authentic about the human condition today. The characters feel very real and each story packs its own heavy emotional punch. As the title su... Read More »

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Oct 12, 2018

I got thru most of the first disc of the audiobook and then returned it ..... too disgusting! what is the point? just one note and that note is flat. it is odd to read the commentary lauding these stories .... maybe they make readers feel more okay within themselves because the characters are so simplistically gross? to me the stories are neither entertaining nor thought-provoking, nor could I find any other reason to listen.

SPPL_Noah Sep 14, 2018

This is really good. Too samey to read cover to cover, but "Bettering Myself" I could reread honestly every day, like listening to a song.

Aug 19, 2018

Definitely worth reading. "Dancing in the Moonlight" reminded me of Gogol.

Jan 07, 2018

Great read - highly recommended!

Aug 03, 2017

No, I don't recommend this at all. It is certainly "confrontational and challenging" but what makes it worth reading? It's basically looking at people we wouldn't want to be involved with if we knew the disgusting, wasted lives as shown here. I see no value in this sort of writing, by a very talented writer, by the way, unless it's so you can see the life you never want to have. Yuck!

May 02, 2017

all killer no filler

Apr 26, 2017

"Dancing in the Moonlight" maybe the only story that I resonate with, in lucidity and hilarity. Notwithstanding, every other story intrigues me likewise (and more). Trifle and decorous that the grotesque and despondent have become, while the hope and longings I could connect with.

Apr 10, 2017

Here you will find little gems of weirdness.


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Aug 26, 2018

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