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.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer