A Novella

eBook - 2019
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The debut novella from one of contemporary fiction's most exciting young voices, now in a new edition.

Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue is in the hold, still too drunk to be sure of name or situation or orientation--he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the high seas of literary tradition, Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection.

They said I've done something wrong? . . . And they've just left me down here to starve. They'll see this inanition and be so damned they'll fall to my feet and pass up hot cross buns slathered in fresh butter and beg I forgive them. All of them . . . : the entire world one by one. Like a good priest I'll pat their heads and nod. I'll dunk my skull into a barrel of gin.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780525522751
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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SPPL_Noah Jan 15, 2019

♫ Read it in a day, feel bad 'til tomorrow ♫

Nov 08, 2016

A beautifully vicious little book. Stunning prose. Moshfegh does not pull punches, and she pulls off a pretty incredible trick: turning a character you dislike at the outset to one you slightly sympathize with.

Jun 08, 2015

Not an easy read, but short, a decent first effort about a marginal character.

Apr 23, 2015

I just couldn't get into this book. I tried a couple of times, but it was just....weird! I gave it 1/2 star and that's generous.


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