Please join us for a discussion of Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, led by Carrie Straka.
The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
-Summary courtesy of Goodreads.
The discussion will be held:
Tuesday, April 16th, 2-4 p.m.
RSVP to Carrie Straka (email@example.com)
As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders. Our upcoming leadership topic, led by Greta Ulrich, will offer participants a chance to share their favorite under the radar book discussion gems. Please come ready to book talk a title or two that worked really well with your group. Try to focus on less obvious choices.
Also, remember that you can always bring any problems or concerns you have with your group, no matter the topic, so we can all help each other.
Links to Peruse Prior to the Discussion:
Ottessa Moshfegh’s Otherworldly Fiction | The New Yorker
Miscellaneous Files: Ottessa Moshfegh | Guernica
Ottessa Moshfegh: ‘I wanted to tell a story in which I wasn’t a victim’ | The Guardian
Ottessa Moshfegh interview: ‘Eileen started out as a joke – also I’m broke, also I want to be famous’ | The Guardian