McGlue (The Fence Modern Prize in Prose)

McGlue (The Fence Modern Prize in Prose) Author Ottessa Moshfegh
ISBN-10 1934200859
ISBN-13 9781934200858
Year 2014-11-04
Pages 144
Language English
Publisher Fence Books
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Selected for the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose by Rivka Galchen Short fiction genius Ottessa Moshfegh s first novel is a gorgeously sordid story of love and murder on the high seas and in reeky corners of mid nineteenth century New York and points North McGlue is a wonderwork of virtuoso prose and truths that will make you squirm and concur Gary LutzSalem Massachusetts 1851 McGlue is in the hold still too drunk to be sure of name or situation or orientationhe may have killed a man That man may have been his best friend Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety A sail on the high seas of literary tradition Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection They said I ve done something wrong And they ve just left me down here to starve They ll see this inanition and be so damned they ll fall to my feet and pass up hot cross buns slathered in fresh butter and beg I forgive them All of them the entire world one by one Like a good priest I ll pat their heads and nod I ll dunk my skull into a barrel of gin Ottessa Moshfegh was awarded the 2013 Plimpton Discovery Prize for her stories in the Paris Review and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts She is currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford and lives in Oakland California

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