“Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh

This is a very different view of the year 1964.  Think of it as what-was-happening-to-most-people.  The book is creepy yet the reader will be reading with baited breath to get to the end.  There is a first-person narration mixed brilliantly with stream of consciousness. Foreshadowing happens a lot.  The reader will not be able to skip to the end or read the book backwards.

This book struck a cord.  Eileen lives in a self-created disaster, she doesn’t care about her environment or herself until that one person walks into her life.  If you want an idea of what first responders see and experience when they walk into some houses, read this book.  If you want to see what people are thinking who just don’t care, read this book. Eileen chooses not to expand her world until she does it out of pure self-satisfaction and the end is not expected.


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