Posts Tagged: Eileen
I’m interested in the stories we tell ourselves, and how they may conflict with other people’s stories about the world, and how, if we’re operating under a delusion, we might make really weird decisions. I like to explore that in fiction—why we do weird things.
Ottessa Moshfegh views the past as a sort of fiction—she didn’t live it, so in a way, it is fiction to her. This view informs both her novels, which are full of deeply flawed characters and rich details.
But writing Eileen, set in 1960s New England, was fraught for the author:
I had to deal with what it meant to have my name on something, what it means to be a voice in the world, and the kind of voice I wanted to be.