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Eileen
Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
A lonely young woman working in a boys prison outside Bostonin the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant,harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightestnew voices in fictionSo here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you knowme. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paidfifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a privatejuvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it nowas what it really was for all intents and purposesa prison forboys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terriblelandlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a placefeels 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 EileenDunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed youngwoman trapped between her role as her alcoholicfathers caretaker in a home whose squalor isthe talk of the neighborhood and a day job as asecretary at the boys prison, filled with its ownquotidian horrors. Consumed by resentmentand self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary dayswith perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping tothe big city. In the meantime, she fills her nightsand weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buffprison guard named Randy, and cleaning up herincreasingly deranged fathers messes. When thebright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint Johnarrives on the scene as the new counselor atMoorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unableto resist what appears at first to be a miraculouslybudding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, heraffection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her intocomplicity in a crime that surpasses her wildestimaginings.Played out against the snowy landscape ofcoastal New England in the days leading up toChristmas, young Eileens story is told from thegimlet-eyed perspective of the now much oldernarrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimelyfunny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson andearly Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debutnovel enthralls and shocks, and introduces oneof the most original new voices in contemporaryliterature.
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Lindy
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A grown woman is like a coyote—she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone for too long and they‘ll die of sadness.

Nute Those eyes are amazing!😺🧡 2w
Lindy @Nute Yes, I love her eyes. Frida has a gentle, loving personality too. 2w
xicanti What a beautiful cat. 2w
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arubabookwoman She looks like my cat Dinah, but Dinah‘s eyes are more yellow. 2w
crazyspine Wow dose eyes do 2w
Soubhiville So pretty! 2w
Lindy @xicanti @arubabookwoman @crazyspine @Soubhiville Thanks for all the kitty compliments, my friends! 2w
Texreader 😻❤️ 2w
batsy 😍😍 2w
Sace What a beauty! 2w
Leftcoastzen So beautiful!😻 2w
Lindy @Texreader @batsy @Sace @Leftcoastzen Yes, she‘s a beauty. And she‘s currently being a pest because I won‘t let her outdoors until the sun comes up. (Safer for her and safer for the birds too.) 2w
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ImperfectCJ
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Prompt from @ljuliel for #KeepLitsyActive:

Name an author that's an immediate purchase when they release a new book, plus you've read every other book they've written.

I don't buy a lot of books, but a few authors whose new releases I scoop up ASAP from the library: Marilynne Robinson, Otessa Moshfegh, and Margaret Atwood.

John Irving used to be my clear favorite, but I've not been as into his stuff since The Fourth Hand.

ljuliel Thanks, CJ. I don‘t buy all the books I read either . I guess I should have worded the question differently, to : what authors you‘ve read everything of , and will continue to read each of their books as they come out. (edited) 3w
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I understood what you meant, though. There are always different ways to word things, but if the meaning is clear, I don't think it should be too big a deal for a Litsy post one way or another. 🙂 3w
kaysworld1 I don't buy things brand new there too expensive even books, my first go to would be the library I can always order from another library. I don't borrow books from people I don't have any immediate friends that read. A new author I have come to like is Ambrose Parry I'm listening to his first book way of all flesh and I have the second one on reserve. 3w
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ImperfectCJ @kaysworld1 I hadn't heard of Ambrose Parry before your comment. I'll have to check out The Way of All Flesh. Yet another excuse to ignore my miles-long TBR. 🙃 3w
vumblereads I haven‘t read all his books but Neil Gaiman would be kind of an auto buy for me. 3w
ImperfectCJ @vumblereads Neil Gaiman's a good one! What's your favorite of his that you've read? (I really like The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but there are so many good ones.) 3w
vumblereads @ImperfectCJ my first Gaiman book was The Ocean at the End of the Road. That‘s were my fanaticism started 😂 I also love love love #norsemythology, and #thegraveyardbook. I liked #oddandthefrostgiants as well. I didn‘t really like Good Omens though. 3w
Theaelizabet Kate Atkinson 3w
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Lindy
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Once he‘d gone to church that morning, I cooked myself scrambled eggs with ketchup and heated a beer on the stove, my hangover cure of choice. That doesn‘t work, of course. Don‘t bother trying it.

Cathythoughts I liked this book 👍🏻... mad quote 😳 4w
Hooked_on_books That looks like a building made of old glass bottles. I love that! Repurposing is cool. 3w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Yes, you are correct. I saw this building when I was in Keno, in the Yukon. 3w
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Lindy
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I‘m nearly a third of the way into this novel and the experience is like wading through muck. The flashes of dark humour have kept me going so far, but I might be bailing soon.

Redwritinghood This one was a pan for me. 4w
Lindy @Redwritinghood I‘m tempted to skim. Not a good sign. 4w
Reggie I kept holding on thinking the Rachel character might change things but it just gets darker. I gave it a pan but it has stayed with me in the weirdest of ways so I don‘t know.... 4w
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Lindy
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Like Eileen, I don‘t like movies much. (In my case, it‘s because I find the experience too passive.) Unlike Eileen, I love novels. I find novels make me think without telling me HOW to think.

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Lindy
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Neighbors were digging out their cars—something I hated doing myself. I preferred to wait for one of the boys on the block to come around and do it for a quarter. I was always glad to pay. I threw the peanut shells into the snow-filled bushes, as close as I would get that year to decorating my own Christmas tree.
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LauraBeth I‘ve been wanting to read this ever since I read My Year Of Rest and Relaxation. She has a new one coming next year 1mo
Billypar I loved this one - read it around Christmas last year- so funny, clever, and dark. I think this would be great for the right book club or readalong group to tackle. My only Moshfegh so far but not my last! 1mo
Lindy @Billypar It‘s been slow-going for me but I‘m starting to feel momentum in the narrative. Like @LauraBeth I loved 1mo
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Hooked_on_books That is quite a picture! 😂 I‘m not sure roads would be passable with that much snow. Though maybe this is from somewhere accustomed to dealing with large volumes. 1mo
Lindy @Hooked_on_books What makes me smile is that in the time this was set, 25 cents would be enough payment to shovel out a car from snow drifts. 1mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, 25 cents. Those were the days, eh? 1mo
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pigeonsandcrows
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I haven't read anything quite like this before. Dark, humorous, neurotic, at times quite perverse, it's the story of Eileen Dunlop's unexpectedly last week in her New England hometown and the events that were her undoing and salvation. I could see where some people would hate this, but I kind of loved it. It was somewhat reminiscent of Lynda Barry's Cruddy.

Addison_Reads Great review! I will definitely have to check this out. 1mo
Megabooks Great review! I love her books! 1mo
Margot0817 Dark as in scary, dark humor or other? 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @Margot0817 Darkly humorous at times, and also shining a spotlight on some of the darker aspects of humanity (addiction, abuse, greed). It doesn't necessarily make you feel great about the world. 1mo
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pigeonsandcrows
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So I picked this up at the library. I'm about halfway through and very curious to see where she is headed with it. I am enjoying the dark humor although it is also pretty bleak and deranged.

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Emilymdxn
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Morning Litsy pals. I‘m still settling into my new place and sleeping pretty awfully while I get used to it - I was kinda expecting it as settling down somewhere new always makes me anxious but I‘m getting there! I haven‘t had much time to read recently as moving and getting sorted has taken so much out of me but it should improve now. Enjoying Eileen but I only have three days left with it from the library so it‘s a bit of a race

Faiz8 May i know, dear what was the book about? 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Mehso-so

Finished this in the sun a few hours ago. I took my time with this one because I wasn't fully invested in it but I think I needed to read it in longer sittings than I did :( I didn't enjoy it as much as My Year of Rest... but Moshfegh is incredibly talented in atmospherically crafting peculiar protagonists. I can't wait to get to her short stories.
⭐⭐⭐

readordierachel I felt the same about this one 4mo
Reggie So I put this on a lot of Eileen reviews but I just couldn‘t believe how deplorable she made her. Like when she says how interested she was in the boy‘s isolation waste bucket and then the next page talks about popping zits on her ex bf‘s back. Like was Eileen the prototype for the garbage pail kids?!!! Lol 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie oh god I know 😂😂 I actually admire how deplorable the author actually made her. Sorry for the late reply lol!! We should do more literary buddy reads together - we have similar tastes! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @readordierachel we are bookish soulmates, I'm telling you! 3mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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🗣🗣🗣If Ottessa Moshfegh writes it, I will read it. Eileen dreamt of really loud trains really often, most likely because of her (really horrible) mom‘s snoring 🤣

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Beaches and books🐠🌊🏖 🙌💃🏽

brit91 The perfect day!!😍😎📚 5mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Sun's out -> books out! #currentlyreading

ephemeralwaltz I know I start too many books before finishing any. Don't judge me!! 😂 5mo
LibrarianJen No judgement here! I do the same thing. 💖 5mo
Erinreadsthebooks I had this one out this morning, too. Trying to decide if I can handle the Christmas season in July or if I should start something else 😁 5mo
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RaimeyGallant Good slogan! 5mo
ephemeralwaltz @Erinreadsthebooks I'm moving slow with this one. It isn't grabbing me :( did you stick with it? 4mo
Erinreadsthebooks @ephemeralwaltz Weirdly, I didn‘t. I have about 50 pages left and picked up another book. I might go back to it at some point, but it didn‘t keep my interest. I‘ll still read every book she writes though 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Jason7
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Eileen is a bit darker than Mosfegh‘s latest novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and it‘s not as funny, but the dark humor is still there. I‘d consider this novel a character study with a slow moving plot. This novel certainly won‘t be for everyone, but it was for me. I really like this writer. The audiobook version features a great narrator. Overall rating: 4.30 stars.

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m.galehuxley
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I‘m on page 90 and not sure where it‘s going, but I‘m enjoying it so far.

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vlwelser
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This was dark and twisty. I liked it.

britt_brooke I love Moshfegh. Gritty and sharp. 7mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
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I can‘t believe how little reading I did this week while on vacation! Not even one book completed! 🤦🏻‍♀️ But my daughter and I stumbled onto a Book Warehouse location that was going out of business. Though it was well picked over by the time we found it, I still found lots of gems. Posting from the road but pics to follow when I get home.

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readordierachel
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I tried reading this last year and gave up halfway. Picked it up again for a book club last week and liked it much better this go round. Originally, I found it so flat, so cold. It felt like an exercise in creating an unlikable character. I had the same feelings this time, but they were tempered the more I read. ⬇️

readordierachel Moshfegh is a very deliberate writer, slowly feeding you details (sometimes too slowly), withholding just enough that you fill in the blanks yourself and then giving you more and changing the whole picture. ⬇️ 8mo
readordierachel Once I started connecting all the clues about what Eileen's life was really like (in the present and the future), I saw her "unlikability" as the armor it was, her "death mask" as she calls it. Protection. Didn't like this as much as My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but it pulled me out of my reading slump. 8mo
vivastory Stellar review, Rachel! Glad to hear you're out of your reading slump! 8mo
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batsy Lovely, thoughtful review 💚 8mo
Theaelizabet Glad to read more about this. Loved My Year of...,but wasn‘t sure I would be up for Eileen or McGlue. Now I think I‘ll give this one a try. 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, and me too! Are you out of yours? 8mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It was interesting to go back to this one after having read her latest. I think I'm a fan? 🙃 8mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet I hope you enjoy it! It's quite dark, but lots to think about. I'm curious about McGlue, too. 8mo
Reggie Even though I panned this, I think about it all the time. So it can‘t be pan right? There was something about this month. I think a lot of us were in a slump. Glad you made it out! 8mo
readordierachel @Reggie That's how I felt when I finished! The more I thought about it and talked about it, the more I liked it, haha. 8mo
Tanisha_A I bought it right after i read MYoRaR, and your review makes me want to pick it up as soon as i finish my current read. 👌🏽! 8mo
Gezemice Great review! 8mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Look forward to your thoughts on it! 8mo
vivastory I am. I don't read as much during the week as I used to because of my new job, but I'm hoping to finish all 4 books I was in the middle of by tomorrow night. 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory Good! About being out of the slump, not having less time to read. I feel your pain there. Happy reading this weekend 🙂 8mo
ephemeralwaltz I need to keep up more with your readings -- we have very similar taste! 6mo
readordierachel @ephemeralwaltz We do! 👍🏼😁 6mo
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PrincessHeidiii
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Last month I read Ottessa Moshfegh newest novel “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” and I loved it

I was pleased to see Eileen was another winner

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

For much of the beginning of this book, it seems nothing is happening, but the very dramatic ending would not be possible without that lead in. I‘ve found that reading Moshfegh‘s you have to have patience and be prepared for the weird.

She‘s now an auto-buy for me, and so far, all three of her books have been better on audio. 4.5⭐️

#MonthofRereads Love this cover!

Cathythoughts I hope there will be more from this writer soon 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts Me too!!! 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
donnamartinreads She‘s an auto buy for me as well. This book is in my January TBR stack. 😊 11mo
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Megabooks @donnamartinreads I hope you love it! 11mo
donnamartinreads @Megabooks I have a feeling I‘m going to! 11mo
Reviewsbylola I really need to read this one!! 11mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I‘m excited to see what you think. It‘s kinda like what you said about the new Boyne, hard to get through the beginning but worthwhile! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Ok I‘ll keep that in mind! 11mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Weirdly enough, I‘m enjoying the first section of the Boyne 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m about 10% in. (I read 4 books at the same time. I‘m weird. I can‘t remember the last time I could read one whole book in a day. 🤷🏻‍♀️) 11mo
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Megabooks
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Two days to finish two books. Normally not a problem, but I‘m pretty busy so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #MonthofRereads I‘m getting pretty excited for fresh books.

@Cinfhen I read the first chapter of Written in Blood, and I already have OPINIONS, but I‘m holding off on more until Jan. 1!

If you want to join in the #WritteninBlood #buddyread, check out @EadieB ‘s profile!

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Im gonna start today but I know NOTHING at all about this case. Do u think I should do some pre read research or go in blind!???? 11mo
Megabooks I think it would be interesting to go in blind. The author has a definite point of view. I‘d recommend following up with The Staircase on Netflix. I changed my mind about two years after the trial upon my second viewing of The Staircase. I watched it for the third time with my dad this summer + the 5 new episodes. The treatment of the Duke lacrosse players by the DA‘s office in Durham factored in as well. @Cinfhen (edited) 11mo
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StephBengtson
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Finishing this up tonight while my sweet angel baby sleeps. He played hard with all of his new toys and now he‘s out! Hope everyone had a wonderful day.

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BlameJennyJane
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It was a surprisingly book-lite Christmas for this book geek. I did get one book, the sweetest book ever, from dear @toddred29 , but he couldn‘t wait and gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. 💗 He also spoiled me by adding The Golden Girls- all four- to my Funk-o Pop collection! I‘ve spent some of the day reading and I did download the tagged book just cuz! My blessings are endless. I count you littens in those blessings. 🤗🤗🤗

tracey38 I love The Golden Girls! 11mo
BlameJennyJane I do too- they are as real as real gets @tracey38 ! 11mo
tracey38 @BlameJennyJane they are. My aister got my a Golden Girls tshirt for Chriatmas and I love it! 11mo
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tracey38 *Christmas 11mo
BlameJennyJane @tracey38 love it!! You‘ve got an awesome sister. 😁 11mo
tracey38 @BlameJennyJane well, she is. But I saw it in a store when she was with me and kept talking about it. 11mo
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Billypar
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#Happyxmas everyone! This is a special holiday review of a modern Christmas classic (as long as you have a somewhat warped sense of humor). My first Moshfegh has everything I love in a novel- a misanthropic main character, dark comedy that is disturbing at times, poignant at others. And it's completely unpredictable- you have no idea where it will head, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
Happy holidays!
#winterwonderland @TrishB @Cinfhen

Karisa And just like that my to be read stack grows larger... 😉 11mo
TrishB Have this on tbr! Not got to yet. 11mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄 ❤️ 11mo
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Leftcoastzen I did love it , She is so awful! Love 11mo
Cinfhen Love the review & the photo!! It‘s so darn joyful for such a disturbing book❤️❤️☃️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas Vinny 🎄✨I loved this one too 👍🏻 11mo
Billypar @Karisa @TrishB I have no doubt that my TBR will expand faster in 2019 than the books I get to read from it 😁 11mo
Billypar Merry Christmas @CarolynM @Cathythoughts ! Hope yours was nice 😃🎄 11mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen I know- awful, but I still loved her. Looking forward to MYOR&R and other Moshfegh. 11mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Thanks! And I know, a somewhat misleading photo 😂 11mo
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😂😂

Leftcoastzen Ah , remember it well. 12mo
LeahBergen Ha! 😆 12mo
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JackOBotts
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Eileen is not for everyone; she is not the most likable or endearing character, but there are moments I felt for her. She is friendless, “caring for” her alcoholic father on her own, surviving in Xville. The novel builds slowly over the course of Eileen‘s final days in her hometown, as we learn a lot about her through what is said...and left unsaid. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk may also enjoy Moshfegh.

Mccall0113 Is this better than her short stories? 12mo
britt_brooke I like Moshfegh! 12mo
JackOBotts @britt_brooke 🙌🏼 Me too! @Mccall0113 I enjoyed her short stories...if you didn‘t like Homesick... (because of the characters and/or content), you may not enjoy Eileen. Moshfegh has a distinct style. I like darker stuff like this (unattractive protagonists, etc.). 12mo
Cathythoughts I felt for Eileen too ... love this writer ♥️👍🏻 12mo
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JackOBotts
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“People truly engaged in life have messy houses.”

Well, at least now I have an excuse...I must be thoroughly engaged! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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Eileen is one of the most unlikeable, messed up, and disgusting characters I‘ve read. A great character study and I did enjoy the book. I remember the story is set around Christmas season, where Eileen helped out at her workplace‘s Christmas Day pageant decoration. On one of the scenes, she walks in the snow and hitchhikes to NYC. 🥶
#winterwonderland #babyitscoldoutside

TrishB I have this on the tbr - saving it for when I‘m ready for the horrible character! 12mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one ♥️ 12mo
GatheringBooks i just found this book at the #BigBadWolf book fair here in Malaysia. I got it for a steal at 2 singapore dollars. 12mo
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Reggie This book was so funny to me how far she went to make Eileen so deplorable. Did you read her new one? It has a better message but the unlikability is still there. 12mo
Cinfhen I could not get into this book!!! The physical descriptions were really GROSS 12mo
CotziasReads Ottessa Moshfegh writes unlikable characters, the character in My Year of Rest & Relaxation was unlikablely self involved. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Reggie do you mean this book? I have not. On my wishlist 😊 12mo
Reggie That‘s the one. Lots of craziness. 12mo
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JackOBotts
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I have too many books on my shelves #tbr and didn‘t “need” to borrow one from my library, but this is takes place during the holiday season. It was only fitting to read it now. #PerfectTiming 🤷🏻‍♀️ Looking forward to this dark read. #Christmas 🎄 #TisTheSeason

JanJan I just finished this. Eileen is so strange and fascinating. I can‘t stop thinking about the book. 12mo
Reggie @JanJan I panned this book but still a year and a half later I can tell you a lot about this book because it sears itself into your brain. Eileen is not likable as a character but there‘s something to be said for the writing. It wasn‘t a pan. 12mo
JackOBotts @JanJan @Reggie I enjoyed the dark characters in her short story collection (Homesick for Another World). Her writing seems to align with my appreciation for darker, less (directly) likable characters. We‘ll see how Eileen‘s story unfolds... 12mo
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Megabooks
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I read this right when it came out, and I felt strange, almost uncomfortable about it. I don‘t remember that much, though.

Now it‘s #MonthofRereads and I liked her other books so much, I‘m giving it another shot.

Cinfhen Wow!!! A whole month of rereads!!!! I don‘t think I could do that!!! Too many shiny new books!!!!!! 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen That‘s what I think the other 11 months of the year, but Thanksgiving on is reserved for rereads. It‘ll be interesting to see how I handle #booked2019 😁😁 12mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! It will...but I have confidence in you❣️🙌🏻 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you friend!! 👍🏻👍🏻📚 12mo
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JanJan
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I want to read everything Otessa Moshfegh has published.

mauveandrosysky She‘s the best! 12mo
Sweettartlaura Love her 😍. I‘m doing a Buddy Read with @Jenn1 next year for 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m giving this a pick because it was very good. Only I have to say the last lap was hard going ..... very upsetting & unnerving

Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I think so ! I think she‘s an excellent writer 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
TrishB Is it wrong I want to read now 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
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LeahBergen @TrishB Do it! It‘s a bizarre one. 😳 12mo
Cathythoughts @Trishb yes, Do ! I‘d love to hear your thoughts 👍🏻❤️Hope your feeling a bit better today ❤️ 12mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts maybe whilst I‘m off once my brain is back in gear! 12mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 I‘m not a very patient person!! 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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#NoFemmeBer #Freakyfreaks there are a lot of #freakyfreaks in this book , but I have to say I love Eileen..... with Eileen you walk on a tightrope- that borderline edge of comedy & poignancy & brilliant truth.
It‘s safe to say I‘m loving this book ... not over yet though ...

TrishB I can tell you‘re loving it 💕 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB oh yes 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen I tried this one and it wasn‘t clicking with me. Glad you‘re enjoying so much 💚 12mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Books !!! Go figure 🤷🏻‍♀️... ( I am loving it .... that‘s the way it goes with us readers. 😘♥️ 12mo
Leftcoastzen It was an odd one ,but I liked it. 12mo
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen very odd one. I did like it too. But the end was hard going.... 12mo
TheBookStacker Surprisingly Moshfegh has become a favorite author of mine. Her books are so bizarre. 12mo
Cathythoughts @TheBookStacker yes I think she is really good. I‘ll look forward to her next one ... 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Billypar Good time of year for fireside reading! Looking forward to ending the year on this one. 12mo
CarolynM I found the last part of the book totally unbelievable which was a shame because the character and the set up were really interesting 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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Just started, sure you‘d recognize the style , after My Year of Rest and Relaxation... love it 👍🏻❤️🖤

TrishB Been on the pile since last Christmas! 12mo
Billypar Ooh, hope you like it cause this is coming up for me! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, this one seems to divide readers into two camps..great character study. Look forward to your thoughts. 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Good luck today... thinking of you ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm I have a reasonably free Saturday ( so far 🙄) .... I‘m hoping to have it read over the weekend 🤞🏻❤️ (edited) 12mo
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batsy
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"That is what I imagined life to be—one long sentence of waiting out the clock."

"I didn‘t believe in heaven, but I did believe in hell."

Eileen is the perfect representation of a #DebbieDowner. Although I had issues with the novel's ending, Eileen is a character that has stayed with me. Based on the two Moshfegh novels I've read, she has a knack for writing idiosyncratic Debbie Downers.

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to Eileen ❤️❤️👍🏻 13mo
TrishB Must get to.... 13mo
saresmoore I‘ve yet to read Moshfegh, though I‘m not sure why. I mean, I love weird, depressing characters. 13mo
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AmyG Inwas just thinking the same thing...how she has a knack for writing about the sad character. Ha, @saresmoore I love a good dysfunctional family. What does this say about us?🤣 (edited) 13mo
CarolynM I liked the writing in this one but really struggled with the story. A lot of it didn't ting true. Like you I found the ending particularly difficult. 13mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB Same as @CarolynM, I felt let down by this one but many loved it. I still think it's a strong book for her amazing writing & unique characterisation; a writer of the strange & grim. 13mo
batsy @saresmoore @AmyG Me too, those are my favourite kind of books 🙈 13mo
Cinfhen I tried the novel but it wasn‘t a “fun” read ~ it was leaving me highly agitated 😣 so I pulled a “Shawn Mooney” and bailed at the 30% mark 13mo
batsy @Cinfhen I can understand that! I keep telling myself I need to pull a Shawn Mooney more often when a book isn't doing it for me 🙂 13mo
britt_brooke YES! I‘m reading her short story collection now and most of its characters qualify as well. 13mo
saresmoore @AmyG I think it says that we are intriguing individuals with perhaps some latent psychosomatic issues that only serve to make us excellent dinner party guests. 😜 13mo
AmyG @saresmoore Yes, I agree. ;) 13mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one much better and now I am a fan 13mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I loved that one, too. It's a more mature work than Eileen, I think. 13mo
batsy @britt_brooke I'm very keen to read that! But I suspect I'd have to take it in small doses, spaced out. 13mo
britt_brooke @batsy That would be the best way, I think. I‘ve borrowed it from the library so I‘m reading all together. Most stories thus far are similar to Eileen in darkness. 13mo
Billypar I have this slated for a holiday season read in December. You know, to get into the spirit 🙄🎄 13mo
batsy @Billypar 🎉🎉🎄🥂🥂🥂 13mo
readordierachel I struggled with this one and eventually bailed, but I just checked out her latest from the library. I'm hoping I'll like it better since you and @BarbaraBB both recommend! 13mo
GatheringBooks oooh! another one for our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme! i should create a list soonest! 13mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moshfegh ferries us deep inside Eileen‘s self-loathing, easily-infatuated brain. She often thinks what many would deem repugnant thoughts, but is not unlike the rest of us. We can hide our skeletons. Eileen can‘t hide from the reader. She is painfully lonely and looking for acceptance from someone, anyone.

Moshfegh‘s writing is so sharp and refreshing, meticulous and smart. It‘s an impressive character study.

Cinfhen Great review!! I really want to read 13mo
vivastory Excellent review! I loved it. If you haven't read it yet, another excellent character study is 13mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! 💚 I read My Year of Rest and Relaxation recently and loved it. Her writing is just fantastic! (edited) 13mo
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britt_brooke @vivastory Thank you! 💚 I haven‘t read Stephen Florida yet, but I‘ve seen some great reviews on here. Just stacked it! 13mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read that book too @vivastory #stacked 13mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this one, too. 👍🏻 13mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read this one for so long. 13mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I think you‘d like this one. 13mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Have you read her others? 13mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t but I have McGlue on my shelf. (edited) 13mo
Reggie Wow, what a great empathetic review!!! 13mo
batsy Great review! I loved it a lot for the reasons you mentioned but then felt cheated by the ending, for reasons I still can't quite explain well. But Moshfegh is so talented. 13mo
britt_brooke @Reggie Thanks so much! 💚 13mo
britt_brooke @batsy I know what you mean. That‘s what kept it from being 5 stars for me. 13mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I need to get that one. I loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation and I‘m on hold for her story collection. 13mo
gradcat I LOVED this one. 13mo
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Mentallofilth
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Beautifully written, but mismarketed. This is not a thriller; almost nothing happens for 90% of the book. This is, more than anything, a character study of vehement self-loathing. As that, it works very well, despite being a bit too slim.

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Jocelyn73c
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"A grown woman is like a coyote -- she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone too long and they'll die of sadness." ??? I see truth here lol

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Jocelyn73c
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Sometimes a lazy rainy day is just what is needed.

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GhostStories
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Mosfegh is a smart storyteller and this is a story that could go anywhere or nowhere and still be And entrancing. Eileen is a dark, sometimes funny, surprising novel. Part of what made it wonderful was Alyssa Bresnahan‘s narration. She gave Eileen a perfectly dry, condescending, self-aggrandizing voice, and was able to capture each character by an amazing feat of vocal acting.

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Had to jump in to Eileen after reading “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
According to my kindle I‘m 46% through, and so far I‘m liking it. Still waiting to be wowed but haven‘t given up faith 🤞

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Leftcoastzen
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A pick with reservations.Eileen has self loathing to spare and some pretty disgusting habits so liking this character is unlikely. Moshfegh has some humor in all this darkness that gives Eileen a gritty slow burn intensity ,she waxes on how she might escape her drab existence but is dulled into a state of inaction .Some of the writing blew me away but the ending felt forced to me.

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 1y
BarbaraBB She knows how to write! I just read her new one and liked it more than Eileen. 1y
CarolynM I agree @BarbaraBB she can certainly write but I also agree with @Leftcoastzen that her characters here are hard to like and the ending was unsatisfactory. 1y
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Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB that is next on my list! 1y
Leftcoastzen @CarolynM I guess I would say I “like” unhappy ,hard to like characters,and I can think of a more obvious ending involving her father,but I would find that kind of the easy out and not like that either.😀🙄 (edited) 1y
LeahBergen I‘m about halfway through this right now. 👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I felt that way too about Eileen (even though I can‘t think of a better ending), that‘s why I liked her newest more! 1y
batsy I "like" hard to like characters as well, and don't have issues with how grim it was, but I felt manipulated by the ending but can't really describe why... Weird feeling. 1y
batsy Love your review, btw! The "gritty slow burn intensity" is what I liked about this. 1y
TrishB Still on my tbr! 1y
CarolynM @batsy I think I felt a bit manipulated by the whole book. The ending didn't make a lot of sense to me - I found it unconvincing. 1y
Leftcoastzen @batsy thanks and I totally agree with you about the ending. 1y
Leftcoastzen @TrishB hope everyone trashing the ending doesn‘t discourage you from reading it .Her writing is intriguing and dark in a good way . 1y
TrishB I will get to it eventually! I‘m intrigued to know the ending now. 1y
Leftcoastzen @TrishB 😂we gotcha!So many things to read,so little time. 1y
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LeahBergen
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Okay. Let‘s see what I think of Ottessa Moshfegh ...

BarbaraBB She is such an interesting author; even though I don‘t love her books I keep coming back for more! 1y
Reggie I‘m kinda conflicted about her, her writing is great but let me know when you come to the intimacy that comes with popping the pimples off a Russian bf‘s back. 1y
shawnmooney Oooh can‘t wait 1y
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batsy I had conflicting feelings about this book, too. Will be curious to know what you think. 1y
Joy0201 I love her. I find her writing unique and enjoy her use of the uncomfortable and uncanny to make me squirm as a reader. That said, I know she isn‘t for everyone. 1y
JacqMac This one is waiting on my kindle. I will be watching to see what you think. 1y
BiblioLitten @JacqMac mine as well. I read two pages and bailed.😕 1y
DeborahSmall Loved this ❤️ 1y
AceOnRoam What did you think of this one @LeahBergen ?? 1y
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam I‘m only about 60 pages in so far and it‘s a weird one! Have you read it? 1y
AceOnRoam I have it out on Overdrive but I keep selecting other books to read. I'm a bit scared it's going to make me feel like a literary failure 🙁 1y
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam I‘m enjoying it so far, actually. The character (told in first-person narration) is quite odious and really awkwardly strange. 😆 1y
AceOnRoam That's a good sign, I think lol. My book isn't due back for 29 more days, so there is some hope that I will get to it! 1y
LeahBergen @AceOnRoam Well, give it a whirl, anyway. 😆 1y
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2BR02B
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Have you read anything by Ottessa Moshfegh? I have not, but this New Yorker profile makes me want to bump her up my TBR list. She sounds like a pretty fascinating individual.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/09/ottessa-moshfeghs-otherworldly-fic...

Cathythoughts This picture.. so graceful 💫a dancer sitting down 1y
Cathythoughts I want to read too ... 1y
Leftcoastzen See @batsy she did a stellar review of 1y
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2BR02B @Cathythoughts she actually talks in the article about wearing a back brace for three years to correct her scoliosis. Apparently it wasn't entirely successful and her spine still curves like a snake. 1y
Cathythoughts Ahh .. there is grace there .. there is spirit 1y
2BR02B @Leftcoastzen Thanks for sharing! It's indeed a great review (as most @batsy reviews are) and now I'm torn between whether to start with that or 1y
Leftcoastzen @2BR02B I have not read her yet either, didn‘t know about the stories! 😂 1y
TrishB I have Eileen on the pile! 1y
MicheleinPhilly I read and really enjoyed 1y
Soubhiville I love her photo! 1y
UrsulaMonarch The profile made me feel similarly, @2BR02B ! And I ALSO thought if @batsy here! 💚 1y
Clare-Dragonfly @monalyisha just mentioned her in another post! 1y
DeborahSmall Eileen is great 1y
monalyisha I was not a fan of her short stories but some other members of my book club really liked them. I like it more when ugly subject matter is juxtaposed with beautiful writing. While she‘s a talented writer, she writes in a gross way to shine a light on gross people doing gross things. (edited) 1y
monalyisha I‘ll agree that @batsy ‘s review of “My Year of Rest & Relaxation” has peaked my interest (I love Melville). I may give her another go at some point. Maybe I‘ll like her better as a novelist; I‘m interested to see how she deals with gender in long-form. (edited) 1y
Joy0201 Yes! She is fantastic. One of my favorites!!! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read the tagged book, looking forward to read 1y
batsy @Leftcoastzen @2BR02B @monalyisha @UrsulaMonarch Thank you for your kind words ♥️ I love her writing but I did have some issues with Eileen that I didn't have with her newest book. I'm looking forward to reading McGlue & her short stories but I need a break—she does have an uncompromising way of reminding one of the worst of the world 😅 1y
2BR02B @monalyisha That's an interesting way of putting it. Would you classify her work as transgressive fiction? 1y
BibliOphelia I‘ve only read the tagged book, and was really ambivalent about it. She can obviously write like a house afire, but some of her choices left me cold. 1y
monalyisha @2BR02B Hmm. After quickly googling “transgressive fiction” (🙈😝), I‘d say probably not. (In the short stories I read, anyway), The characters don‘t usually “break free” of societal confines or find enlightenment through transgression. But I‘d likely characterize “Geek Love” (the book I just finished) in that way! 1y
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Luke_arugala
Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh

She kills her dad, I bet.

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readordierachel
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Eh. This started out strong and then became so...flat. I get the impression that I'm supposed to be shocked or dismayed by Eileen, but it feels manipulative and I feel nothing for her. Even the descriptions of bodily functions, which I gather are meant to make me squeamish, leave me cold. I made it halfway but I don't really want to continue. 😕

Redwritinghood Agree. I hated this book. 1y
Lylah I loved this book for exactly the reasons you listed! Eileen felt very real to me in a way a lot of characters don‘t. I can see how it‘s something people really wouldn‘t enjoy though. 😜 1y
readordierachel @Redwritinghood I didn't hate it, but I'm definitely disappointed :/ 1y
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readordierachel @Lylah Ha! Funny how that works sometimes. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I didn't mind the subject matter per se. For me, it was just a lack of connection. 1y
Lylah @ReadOrDieRachel I totally get that! 1y
batsy I started out loving it, but by the last third I felt intensely manipulated and pissed off. I'm not sure how to put it, but the ending of it felt cynical and empty. 1y
Reggie This book... like the author went out of her way to make Eileen so deplorable and irredeemable. My favorites most hated passage is when she describes her fascination with the boy‘s isolation room waste bucket that leads into the intimacy she felt popping pimples on an ex-Russian bf‘s back. Was she modeled after a garbage pail kid? 1y
readordierachel @batsy Ok, that reaffirms my decision to bail. No regrets. If I want to feel manipulated and pissed off I'll just read the news 🙃 1y
readordierachel @Reggie Garbage pail kid!!! 🤣 That's perfect. Honestly, I felt the bodily function obsession was trying way too hard. I get it, she likes poo. So what? 1y
Moray_Reads I finished it but she definitely tries to hard it make it distasteful, as if that on its own makes it original or significant. It doesn't. Add it develops the plot also becomes utterly ridiculous 1y
readordierachel @Moray_Reads I'm glad I bailed then. Life is too short. 1y
Debiw781 Ewww and thanks @Reggie as I definitely know this isn‘t a book for me- although 😂😂😂 about the garbage pail kid comment 1y
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Kappadeemom
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Y‘all. This book. Glad I‘m not eating this morning. I can smell Eileen from here 👃

rustoryhuf You‘re at the beach! 2y
Kappadeemom @rustoryhuf yes! We are in Jamaica 🌴 We left the kids at home the day after graduation 😂😂 2y
rustoryhuf @Kappadeemom that‘s PARENTING!! 2y
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Lidia Hi! was wondering if you got my package before you went on your vacation. I sent you 2y
Kappadeemom @Lidia Hi! I did but did t have time to take a picture. I had high school graduation and then we left for vacay. Was going to do it when I got home. It‘s been a whirlwind the last two weeks at my house! 2y
Lidia Ok don't worry. I just wanted to make sure you got it. Have a great vacation! @Kappadeemom 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Starting this one today

Mdargusch Looks like a great reading spot! 🏖 2y
EJG31 Might have to give this a try, not often I see a book with my name! 2y
Reggie Omg, this one is, Eileen is just deplorable, she‘s the worst. I‘m curious to see what you think about this book. 2y
Kappadeemom @EJG31 ummm, you might not like this Eileen 2y
EJG31 @Kappadeemom, thanks for the heads up. The description is a bit off putting. 2y
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GhostStories
Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Flat Midwest car trip while listening to Eileen. Love her descriptions!

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Book haul...❤ library book sale season

C.Perone The secret life of the grown-up brain was a really good read 2y
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