{Exclusive} Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen” Hits Rights Market


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〉Moshfegh’s character-based crime novel is out on the market and ripe for adaptation

’s follow-up to 2014’s McGlueEILEEN, is hitting the rights market hard, and the story looks to be an exciting project for any company interested in crime and mystery stories.

The book, published in August by Penguin Press, is repped by of , with TV and film rights being handled by of RWSG Literary Agency.

Eileen follows Eileen Dunlop, a woman stuck caring for her alcoholic father at night, and dealing with juvenile delinquents as a secretary at a boy’s prison. Her life seems pretty stuck in a well-worn rut until a new counselor joins her staff and instantly charms Eileen. The two form a friendship that seems to be changing Eileen’s life for the better, but when that friendship traps her in a web of criminal lies, things get interesting.

The book has drawn favorable comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, described as Girl on a Train meets To Die For.

Moshfegh’s work on the The Paris Review earned her a Plimpton Prize in 2013 for her story, Betting Myself.


 | Staff Writer

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