Ottessa Moshfegh

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Ottessa Moshfegh
Ottessa Moshfegh 2015.jpg
Moshfegh at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
Born May 20, 1981[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Novelist, writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Barnard College (BA)
Brown University (MFA) Stanford University (Fellow)
Genre Fiction, essays
Notable works Eileen

Ottessa Moshfegh is an American author and novelist.[2] Her debut novel, Eileen, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was a fiction finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.[3]

Life[edit]

Moshfegh was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother was born in Croatia and her father, who is Jewish,[4] was born in Iran.[5] Her parents were both musicians and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a child, Moshfegh learned to play piano and clarinet.[3]

Education and Career[edit]

Moshfegh received her BA from Barnard College in 2002. She then moved to China, where she taught English and worked in a punk bar.[3]

In her mid-twenties, Moshfegh moved to New York City. She worked for Overlook Press, and then as an assistant for Jean Stein. After contracting cat-scratch fever, she left the city and earned an MFA from Brown University.[3]

Fence Books published her novella, McGlue, in 2014. Her novel Eileen was published by Penguin Press in August 2015, and received positive reviews.[6][7] The book was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.[8] Homesick for Another World, a collection of short stories, was published in January 2017.[9] Her latest novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, was published on July 10, 2018 by Penguin Press.

Moshfegh is a frequent contributor to the Paris Review; she has published six stories in the journal since 2012.[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novellas[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Medicine", Vice, December 1, 2007
  • "Disgust", The Paris Review, No. 202, Fall 2012
  • "Bettering Myself", The Paris Review, No. 204 Spring 2013
  • "Malibu", Vice, July 3, 2013
  • "The Weirdos", The Paris Review, No. 206, Fall 2013
  • "A Dark and Winding Road", The Paris Review, No. 207, Winter 2013
  • "No Place for Good People", The Paris Review, No. 209, Summer 2014
  • "Slumming", The Paris Review, No. 211, Winter 2014
  • "Nothing Ever Happens Here", Granta, Issue 131, Spring 2015
  • "The Surrogate", Vice, June 5, 2015
  • "Dancing in the Moonlight", The Paris Review, No. 214 Fall 2015
  • "The Beach Boy", The New Yorker, January 4, 2016
  • "The Locked Room", The Baffler, Spring 2016
  • "An Honest Woman", The New Yorker, October 24, 2016
  • "Brom", Granta, Issue 139, 2017

Essays[edit]

Collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moshfegh, Ottessa (February 28, 2016). "Ottessa Moshfegh: I didn't set out to write Eileen as a noir novel". The Guardian (Interview). Interviewed by Kate Kellaway. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Novak, Joanna (November 3, 2014). "Ottessa Moshfegh Is the Next Big Thing, and Here Are 7 Reasons Why". Bustle. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Levy, Ariel. "Ottessa Moshfegh's Otherworldly Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  4. ^ Ottessa Moshfegh's Otherworldly Fiction, The New Yorker, July 2018
  5. ^ "Character Finds A Path Out of Her Personal Prison In 'Eileen'". NPR. August 15, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Eileen: A Novel". Penguin Press. 
  7. ^ King, Lily (August 14, 2015). "'Eileen,' by Ottessa Moshfegh". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Paul Laity, "Ottessa Moshfegh interview: ‘Eileen started out as a joke – also I’m broke, also I want to be famous’", The Guardian, September 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Sarah Shaffi (September 19, 2014). "Two from Moshfegh for Cape". The Bookseller. 
  10. ^ a b Stein, Lorin (October 28, 2014). "Ottessa Moshfegh". BOMB Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Stegner Fellowship – Complete List of Stegner Fellows " Stanford Creative Writing Program". stanford.edu. 
  12. ^ "The Fence Modern Prize in Prose". Past winners. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Believer Book Award". The Believer. November 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ Mark Shanahan (March 16, 2016). "Newton's Ottessa Moshfegh wins 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ Treisman, Deborah (December 28, 2015). "This Week in Fiction: Ottessa Moshfegh on the Repressed Western Consciousness". The New Yorker. 

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