Eileen

Eileen Review

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 days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. But her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

Title:Eileen
Edition Language:English

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  • karen

    I couldn't be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better days.this book takes place in the early sixties and is about a woman named eileen dunlop, a tig...

  • Jaidee

    5 "repugnant, vile, fierce, exhibitionistic" stars !! 10th Favorite Read of 2016 I have never been so reluctant to give a book 5 stars. This is a book that directs all its murky gaze on the darkness ...

  • Wendy Darling

    3.5 stars If you didn't like The Girl on the Train, you certainly won't like this. If you're interested in characters over plot, however, this is another solid entry into a excellent year for psycholo...

  • Conny

    Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen sounded like a great and intriguing read. The 1960’s, a girl’s escape from a boring life in a small New England town, a mysterious crime – there are lots ...

  • Jen

    Eileen is nothing like the upbeat sassy song of old, C'mon Eileen. Oh contraire. She is mind shackled and deeply disturbed. Reminiscing, Eileen tells her story that begins from her early 20's, in a to...

  • Paul Bryant

    SELF-LOATHING AS A FORM OF ARTIn the past few years quite by chance I have come across a rich seam of female self-loathing in fiction. You might think that women writers would be all about positive ta...

  • Elyse  Walters

    UPDATE: Kindle $1.99 special today!!!!!!!! I listened to the audiobook --but others who 'read' it also gave this book high reviews. Its a book I'll never forget --but read 'many' reviews!!! --to see i...

  • Esil

    Do not read Eileen if you don't like repulsive characters, if you're turned off by graphic descriptions of bodily smells and filth, or if you like your novels to be action packed. Do read Eileen if yo...

  • Felicia

    "What if she could smell that I was menstruating, and that I hadn’t washed? What if she smelled it clear as day but didn’t say anything? How, then, would I know whether or not she’d smelled it, ...

  • Carol

    EILEEN did not work for me.....at all.EILEEN Dunlap is a 24 year old disturbed young woman. She is unhappy, has atrocious nutrition, personal hygiene and lives like a pig. She has no self-worth, her t...