Ottessa Moshfegh


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in Boston, The United States
May 20, 1981

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Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

Average rating: 3.62 · 81,534 ratings · 11,104 reviews · 28 distinct worksSimilar authors
My Year of Rest and Relaxation

3.68 avg rating — 43,906 ratings — published 2018 — 34 editions
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Eileen

3.49 avg rating — 27,069 ratings — published 2015 — 46 editions
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Homesick for Another World

3.72 avg rating — 7,344 ratings — published 2017 — 15 editions
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McGlue

3.63 avg rating — 2,225 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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Bettering Myself

3.99 avg rating — 186 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Death in Her Hands

3.74 avg rating — 62 ratings — expected publication 2020 — 9 editions
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The Weirdos

4.16 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2013
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Disgust

4.45 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2012
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3.55 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2014
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An Honest Woman

4.09 avg rating — 22 ratings
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“People truly engaged in life have messy houses.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

“Rejection, I have found, can be the only antidote to delusion”
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart—this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then—that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets, bolstered by the bliss and serenity that I would have accumulated in my year of rest and relaxation.”
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