|Cover artist||Thomas Ott|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
The story concerns an unhappy 24-year-old woman named Eileen who works as a secretary at a prison, and what happens to her during a bitter Massachusetts winter in 1964.
- Eileen Dunlop
- Eileen's father
- Rebecca, a co-worker of Eileen's
- Joanie, Eileen's sister
- Lee Polk, a boy in the prison where Eileen works
Overall, the novel received mostly positive reviews. Writing for The New York Times, Lily King notes how, "Moshfegh writes beautiful sentences. One after the other they unwind — playful, shocking, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp. The beginning of this novel is so impressive, so controlled yet whimsical, fresh and thrilling, you feel she can do anything." Similarly, Jean Zimmerman of NPR praised the author, writing, "Charmingly disturbing. Delightfully dour. Pleasingly perverse. These are some of the oxymorons that ran through my mind as I read Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh's intense, flavorful, remarkable new novel."
- Zimmerman, Jean (23 August 2015). "'Eileen' Is Dark, Damaged Fun". NPR. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- P. Sullivan, Kevin (14 August 2015). "Eileen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- Kiesling, Lydia (20 August 2015). "Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh review – an odd double of Plath's Bell Jar". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "Book Marks reviews of Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh". Book Marks. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
- King, Lily (14 August 2015). "'Eileen,' by Ottessa Moshfegh". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- Zimmerman, Jean (2015-08-23). "'Eileen' Is Dark, Damaged Fun". NPR. Retrieved 2022-08-08.
- Mark Shanahan (March 16, 2016). "Newton's Ottessa Moshfegh wins 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
- "Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie team up for Eileen". Cinema Express.
- Alice (September 13, 2016). "Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist". Man Booker. Retrieved July 27, 2016.