Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, is what people say.
Admitted, I loved the stories so much. A breath of fresh air, those odd characters, with pimples or overweight (actually, I don’t think any of the leading characters was overweight) and lots of quirky traits that pop up unexpectedly – loved it. It’s one of the very few short story collections I read cover to cover, in one go.
That said, it turned out I had read quite a few already, in The Paris Review.