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 Post and 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.
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Publication Date: January 17, 2017 by Penguin Press
I usually don’t read through short story collections quickly, but I ended up reading Homesick for Another World in two sittings. Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories are darkly comic and span a multitude of people and experiences that make each narrative memorable in their own way. Unlike other collections where some of the stories included begin to blur with one another in a way that warrants taking a step back from reading too many at once, I found myself excited to start the next story in this collection.
Some of the most memorable for me include “Bettering Myself”, “Malibu”, and “Dancing in the Moonlight”. While all of Moshfegh’s stories are dark and unsettling, these three stories in particular danced the fine line between disturbing and darkly comical. For anyone who has read Moshfegh’s novel, Eileen, Homesick for Another World is a phenomenal collection of stories that highlights all the aspects of Moshfegh’s style that makes her writing so thrilling and unique.