Today, it’s a review of a brilliant short story collection by one of my favourite authors, Ottessa Moshfegh with Homesick For Another World.
There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful – and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses.
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 oddly and powerfully invigorating.
One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically – until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.
I am a big fan of Ottessa Moshfegh and her novels. Eileen is one of my all-time favourite novels and I really loved My Year of Rest & Relaxation, too. I still need to read McGlue but there is just something about her writing that I love. She is my kind of writer. Her writing is dark, twisty, darkly comic, a touch of gothic and horror and even more.
I love a good short story collection. They are perfect to help you out of a reading slump, they are perfect if you just want a good story to focus on or, like me, they are also great for inspiration for your own writing. I was in a mood for a new short story collection and this felt like a perfect time to read Homesick for Another World so I ordered myself a copy and I couldn’t put it down.
Her writing in these short stories are just brilliant. It is sharp, clinical, delicate, gothic, dark, ferocious, frank, bold, seeing something beautiful in the little things, and more. You can see her trademark voice in her novels pulsing all the way through these short stories. Like most short story collections, there were some I liked more than others but I just loved reading different snapshots of her brilliant and haunting writing.
She is one of my favourite writers and this just shows how brilliant she is in these stories. She is one of the best writers writing today. She suits the form of short story so well, too. I can’t wait to read her latest novel Death In Her Hands where I’ve seen a lot of mixed review but I still can’t wait to read more of her writing.
Have you read Homesick for Another World? What did you think? What is your favourite short story collection? Let me know in the comments!