Eileen

Author
Ottessa Moshfegh 
Summary
<b><b>Shortlisted<b>&#xa0;for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as</b></b>&#xa0;his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour.&#xa0;</b><br /><br /><i>So here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know&#xa0;me. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paid&#xa0;fifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private&#xa0;juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now&#xa0;as what it really was for all intents and purposes—a prison for&#xa0;boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible&#xa0;landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place&#xa0;feels appropriate.&#xa0;In a week, I would run away from home and never go back.<br /><br />This is the story of how I disappeared.</i><br /><br />The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen&#xa0;Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young&#xa0;woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic&#xa0;father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is&#xa0;the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a&#xa0;secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own&#xa0;quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment&#xa0;and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days&#xa0;with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to&#xa0;the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights&#xa0;and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff&#xa0;prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her&#xa0;increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the&#xa0;bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John&#xa0;arrives on the scene as the new counselor at&#xa0;Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable&#xa0;to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously&#xa0;budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her&#xa0;affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into&#xa0;complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest&#xa0;imaginings.<br /><br />Played out against the snowy landscape of&#xa0;coastal New England in the days leading up to&#xa0;Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the&#xa0;gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older&#xa0;narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely&#xa0;funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and&#xa0;early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut&#xa0;novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one&#xa0;of the most original new voices in contemporary&#xa0;literature.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Genre
Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price
$14.99
Average User Rating
3.5
User Rating Count
109
Release Date
2015-08-18


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