Ottessa Moshfegh with Kim Fu
We were on our way to hosting Ottessa Moshfegh, a favorite of readers here and beyond, two years ago for her then-new novel, Death in Her Hands. That came out in the weird place where everything had closed down, all was online shopping, and most bookstores, including Elliott Bay, hadn’t figured out Zoom yet. We are delighted, not only to be playing catch up with the paperback of Death in Her Hands (Penguin), which has been finding its way to readers all along, but now a staggeringly brilliant new book, as well, Lapvona (Penguin Press). We are back in time, medieval time here. Aren’t we?
“At once immensely alien and deeply human, Moshfegh’s latest is a brutal, inventive novel about the ways that stories and the act of storytelling shape us and articulate our world.” —Library Journal.
“No one is quite who he first seems in the latest wicked tale from macabre master Moshfegh . . . Sculpting an eerily canny fabular world of contrasts and evil, cartoonish cruelty, in her signature way, Moshfegh conjures a grotesque, disturbing story of gross inequality and senseless strife.” —Booklist
“Deliriously quirky medieval tale . . . Moshfegh brings her trademark fascination with the grotesque to depictions of the pandemic, inequality, and governmental corruption, making them feel both uncanny and all too familiar. It’s a triumph.” —Publishers Weekly.
Ottessa Moshfegh’s other books include McGlue, Eileen, Homesick for Another World, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation.
With Ottessa Mosghfegh in conversation this evening is Seattle-based fiction writer and poet Kim Fu, herself with a marvelous new book out from Tin House, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century.
This event is scheduled to be live/in-person, with live streaming available, and co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.
(virtual hosting by Seattle Public Library)