“I couldn’t be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better days.”
THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. This book was so unique and so interesting. It is the story of a week in the life of our young protagonist, Eileen. A week that just so happens to change her life forever. Eileen is 24 years old, she plays the carer role for her alcoholic homebody father, and she’s extremely lonely. Honestly, she’s probably the most lonely and sad character I’ve ever read about. She’s ALSO bloody grotesque to tell you the truth. She. Is. Disgusting… and it’s amazingly dark and funny. Now, Eileen has been through a lot of trauma in her life and it shows. You can see it in the way she talks about herself and the world around her. She has a lot of body dysmorphia and self destructive habits. Her parents have never really showed her love, nor has anyone else. That is until Rebecca comes along. Rebecca begins working at Eileen’s place of work, and although in the grand scheme of things Rebecca doesn’t really show Eileen THAT much attention, she is literally so lonely that she’ll cling to ANY form of affection. This becomes dangerous for Eileen.
So, like I said, this book is approximately a week in the life of Eileen. And I’ll let you know now, it goes into a lot of detail about this week. We even learn about Eileen’s toileting habits. Eileen is also a super unreliable narrator and super unlikeable. She is so narcissistic, you can’t help but laugh (to keep from crying). Even though I hated her, I also felt for her. She has been through a lot in life, and her life is pretty shit. Looking after an alcoholic is never fun. I think you’ll have to read this book to find out why it’s considered a thriller, and to understand the magnificence and detail of Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing. I give it 4/5 stars.