Eileen (novel)

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Author Ottessa Moshfegh
Country United States
Language English
Published 2015
Publisher Penguin Press
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 272 pp
ISBN 978-1594206627

Eileen is a 2015 novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, published by Penguin Press.[1][2] It is Moshfegh's second novel.[3]

In September 2016, it was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.


The story of an unhappy young woman named Eileen who works at a prison in the 1960s and what happens to her during a bitter Massachusetts winter while she is 24.


The novel was well received by The New York Times.[4] It won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.[5]



  1. ^ Zimmerman, Jean (23 August 2015). "'Eileen' Is Dark, Damaged Fun". NPR. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ P. Sullivan, Kevin (14 August 2015). "Eileen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Kiesling, Lydia (20 August 2015). "Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh review – an odd double of Plath's Bell Jar". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ King, Lily (14 August 2015). "'Eileen,' by Ottessa Moshfegh". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Mark Shanahan (March 16, 2016). "Newton's Ottessa Moshfegh wins 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ Alice (September 13, 2016). "Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist". Man Booker. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 

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