"An Honest Woman" by Ottessa Moshfegh Originally published in the October 24, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
Otttessa Moshfegh’s novel, Eileen, is on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist, and we will learn whether it won next Tuesday. I’m sad to say I still haven’t read it, but I’m very interested in getting to know Moshfegh’s work better. She has a collection of stories coming out next January from Penguin entitled Homesick for Another World. I have a copy of it at home, and “An Honest Woman” is part of it. I have heard from those who know her work better that short stories are her real strength (to date), and early reports are that this is a fantastic collection. Glad we have a chance to preview it together!
Please leave any comments you may have about the story or Moshfegh’s work below! I’ll join in when I’m able with my own thoughts.