Homesick for Another World

Homesick for Another World


eBook - 2017
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"There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for Another Worldis her Everything That Rises Must Convergeor A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick."--
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780399562891
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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This collection of short stories takes a raw look at the dark side of the human psyche with a series of skillful character-driven narratives. Moshfegh humanizes depravity in a way that makes dread feel like a warm blanket to wrap yourself in as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Crit... Read More »

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CALS_Lee May 05, 2020

Compared to Flannery O’Connor, but they seem to me profoundly different. They both deal in what you could call the grotesque, but O’Connor’s stories offer their characters divine grace and redemption. Moshfegh’s offer nihilism. This is a collection for your favorite misanthrope, where the physicality of human flesh is disgusting, human behaviors similar, and that’s pretty much what there is. O’Connor’s writing is famously imbued with her Catholicism; Moshfegh can only be an atheist.

It could make for unrelentingly grim reading, and sure that could be one’s takeaway, but the stories are wired with a dark energy and black humor and usually don’t fail to be interesting.

RyanR_KCMO Mar 28, 2020

I read this book because My Year of Rest and Relaxation was such a staggering book. This short-story collection, like most, offers slight perspectives into the lives of many damaged and struggling folks. Some of them were amazing to read (such as the first one in the book) others were not so vibrant.

Jun 18, 2019

Grosser and grimey than most short stories of a similiar ilk, but way more resonate and memorable in the long run. I loved it!

Oct 12, 2018

I got thru most of the first disc of the audiobook and then returned it ..... too disgusting! what is the point? just one note and that note is flat. it is odd to read the commentary lauding these stories .... maybe they make readers feel more okay within themselves because the characters are so simplistically gross? to me the stories are neither entertaining nor thought-provoking, nor could I find any other reason to listen.

SPPL_Noah Sep 14, 2018

This is really good. Too samey to read cover to cover, but "Bettering Myself" I could reread honestly every day, like listening to a song.

Aug 19, 2018

Definitely worth reading. "Dancing in the Moonlight" reminded me of Gogol.

Jan 07, 2018

Great read - highly recommended!

Aug 03, 2017

No, I don't recommend this at all. It is certainly "confrontational and challenging" but what makes it worth reading? It's basically looking at people we wouldn't want to be involved with if we knew the disgusting, wasted lives as shown here. I see no value in this sort of writing, by a very talented writer, by the way, unless it's so you can see the life you never want to have. Yuck!

May 02, 2017

all killer no filler

Apr 26, 2017

"Dancing in the Moonlight" maybe the only story that I resonate with, in lucidity and hilarity. Notwithstanding, every other story intrigues me likewise (and more). Trifle and decorous that the grotesque and despondent have become, while the hope and longings I could connect with.

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Aug 26, 2018

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