Homesick for Another World

Homesick for Another World

Book - 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 Postand 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 convergeor 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399562884
0399562885
Branch Call Number: SS MOSH
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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What’s so amazing about Moshfegh’s stories and her characters is how much I laugh with and relate to them even as I cringe at the depravity, desperation, and misery on full display. These stories are of people trapped by malformed bodies, anxiety, bleak social landscapes, and loneliness. But most... Read More »

What’s so amazing about Moshfegh’s stories and her characters is how much I laugh with and relate to them even as I cringe at the depravity, desperation, and misery on full display. These stories are of people trapped by malformed bodies, anxiety, bleak social landscapes, and loneliness. But most... Read More »


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lukasevansherman
Nov 02, 2020

Better than "Eileen," not as good as "My Year of Rest and Relaxation."

CALS_Lee May 05, 2020

Compared to Flannery O’Connor, but they seem to me profoundly different. They both deal in what you could call the grotesque, but O’Connor’s stories offer their characters divine grace and redemption. Moshfegh’s offer nihilism. This is a collection for your favorite misanthrope, where the physicality of human flesh is disgusting, human behaviors similar, and that’s pretty much what there is. O’Connor’s writing is famously imbued with her Catholicism; Moshfegh can only be an atheist.

It could make for unrelentingly grim reading, and sure that could be one’s takeaway, but the stories are wired with a dark energy and black humor and usually don’t fail to be interesting.

RyanR_KCMO Mar 28, 2020

I read this book because My Year of Rest and Relaxation was such a staggering book. This short-story collection, like most, offers slight perspectives into the lives of many damaged and struggling folks. Some of them were amazing to read (such as the first one in the book) others were not so vibrant.

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mikaylatianli
Jun 18, 2019

Grosser and grimey than most short stories of a similiar ilk, but way more resonate and memorable in the long run. I loved it!

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RioCaliente
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.

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jmthornberry
Aug 19, 2018

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

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rexhazell
Jan 07, 2018

Great read - highly recommended!

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lizbeth51
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!

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gbpic13
May 02, 2017

all killer no filler

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