I enjoyed getting glimpses into the lives of these sick people. Moshfegh describes several gross physical acts with elegance, if that's at all possible. I mean, how would other writers fare if presented with such a challenge? It's difficult to not have a lapse in taste when describing trichotillomania, rashes, bulimia, fingers inserted into nether-orifices ... This author has talent, she has a voice, and she does what she wants, and all I can do is thank her for sticking to her guns--for refusing to whitewash and sanitize her work with color-safe bleach in order to appeal to vanilla-minded sensibilities. She takes a stand, corners a niche all her own, and dares to be different.
My favorite story was "The Beach Boy." It's perfect for those who want to avoid the icky stuff, but it's definitely a gut punch and I still think about it now, months later.
The scenarios presented here are alternately risible and outright disgusting; they are more of anti-climactic slices of life and vignettes than traditional stories with predictable arcs. I've been making an effort to read more female authors and I'm proud to have this hardcover on my shelf.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET (29 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781784701505
- ISBN-13: 978-1784701505
- ASIN: 1784701505
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)