*** Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

There are no sympathetic characters in Eileen: an alcoholic father, a neglectful, if not cruel mother, a psychopathic co-worker. And the secondary characters are enablers, providing too much to drink, looking the other way on the neglect, or simply excluding the heroine from any meaningful human interaction. The story is brilliantly told from the perspective of the aging heroine, with flashbacks and flash forwards tacked on to what first appears to be a simple day-by-day account of the few days leading to her escape. Brilliant, if you feel up to a dark tale


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