By Ottessa Moshfegh

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The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary da The Christmas season offers little cheer for...

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August 18th 2015 by Penguin Press
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Quotes From "Eileen"

"Here is how I spend my days now. I live in a beautiful place. I sleep in a beautiful bed. I eat beautiful food. I go for walks through beautiful places. I care for people deeply. At night my bed is full of love, because I alone am in it. I cry easily, from pain and pleasure, and I don’t apologize for that. In the mornings I step outside and I’m thankful for another day. It took me many years to arrive at such a life."
"You can see wealth in people no matter what they're wearing. It's in the cut of their chins, a certain gloss to the skin, a drag and pause to their responsiveness. When poor people hear a loud noise, they whip their heads around. Wealthy people finish their sentences, then just glance back."
"I couldn't be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better days."
"Anyway, I don't trust those people who poke around sad people's minds and tell them how interesting it all is up there. It's not interesting."
"A grown woman is like a coyote--she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone for too long and they'll die of sadness"
"Some families are so sick, so twisted, the only way out is for someone to die."
"The idea that my brains could be untangled, straightened out, and thus refashioned into a state of peace and sanity was a comforting fantasy."
"That is what I imagined life to be—one long sentence of waiting out the clock."

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