Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh (1981) is an American writer. Her mother comes from Croatia and her father from Iran, and they met in music school in Belgium.

Ottessa attended a graduate creative writing programme at Brown University on Rhode Island, and is a contributor to the Paris Review.




  • 2013–2015 Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University
  • 2013 Plimpton Prize for Fiction from The Paris Review for her story “Bettering Myself”
  • 2014 Fence Modern Prize in Prose, inaugural winner for McGlue
  • 2014 Believer Book Award winner for McGlue
  • 2016 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Eileen
  • 2016 Man Booker Prize (shortlist) for Eileen




  • McGlue (2014)

Short-story collections

  • Homesick for Another World (2017)

Short stories

  • “Medicine”, Vice, December 1, 2007
  • “Disgust”, The Paris Review, No. 202, Fall 2012
  • “Bettering Myself”, The Paris Review, No. 204 Spring 2013
  • “Malibu”, Vice, July 3, 2013
  • “The Weirdos”, The Paris Review, No. 206, Fall 2013
  • “A Dark and Winding Road”, The Paris Review, No. 207, Winter 2013
  • “No Place for Good People”, The Paris Review, No. 209, Summer 2014
  • “Slumming”, The Paris Review, No. 211, Winter 2014
  • “Nothing Ever Happens Here”, Granta, Issue 131, Spring 2015
  • “The Surrogate”, Vice, June 5, 2015
  • “Dancing in Moonlight”, The Paris Review, No. 214 Fall 2015
  • “The Beach Boy”, The New Yorker, January 4, 2016
  • “The Locked Room”, The Baffler, Spring 2016


  • “Anything to Make You Happy”, Lucky Peach, May 2015
  • “How to Shit”, The Masters Review, October 2015

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