By bringing us so deeply into her characters' heads, Moshfegh transmutes disgust into love, or, if not love exactly, the next best thing to love'”understanding.
Why I love it
Though I try to fight it, at heart I’m a New England prude. So by all rights Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing should make me deeply uncomfortable: In her story collectionÂ Homesick for Another World, Moshfegh writes of seedy loners and proud creeps, giving us brilliant insight into the inner lives of some seriously unpleasant people.
And uncomfortable it did make me, but 1) honestly, that’s a good thing...
Science Hill, KY
"These stories represent the uglier side of human nature that some may not explore, but we can all understand in some way."
Los Angeles, CA
"The best book."
"Emotionally provocative and darkly endearing to characters that often don't get the spotlight in a story. "
"Full of flawed, selfish, ugly, yet easy to relate to characters. "
South Point, OH
"What a strange book of short stories. Abnormal people, just like most of us, but exaggerated. Clever writing that made me laugh out loud and sad. "
Los Angeles, CA
"Not only is it written beautifully, but Moshfegh's book is the kind of weird that makes you want to keep reading. I loved how some of her characters were amazingly dislikable but seemed so very real. "
Long Beach, CA
"I've slowly been getting into short story collections and love every single one of these. "
Grand Rapids, MI
"Great short stories. Awesome for a before bed brain snack."
Mountain Lakes, NJ
"STILL READING. I REREAD EACH STORY SEVERAL TIMES BECAUSE EVEN THO PROSE IS SPARE THERE'S COMPLEXITY TO CHARACTERS AND STORY"
Fort Worth, TX
"This book was a perfect blend of humanity at it's worst and most vulnerable. There is not one trace of a happy ending and not one character that isn't flawed and messed up. I loved this book! "
East Palo Alto, CA
"Deeply disturbing stories of humans with serious flaws. A beautiful juxtaposition between the grotesqueness of the stories and the beauty in which they were written. "