McGlue

Ottessa Moshfegh

Book - 2014

"McGlue is in the hold, too drunk from the night before to be sure of name or situation or orientation--he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the seas of literary tradition, Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard, a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection"--Page 4 of cover.

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Published
Albany, NY : Fence Books [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"The Fence Modern Prize in Prose, selected by Rivka Galchen."
Physical Description
118 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780525522768
9781934200858
1934200859
Main Author
Ottessa Moshfegh (author)
Other Authors
Rivka Galchen (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Published by a small press in 2014, this debut novella from critical darling Moshfegh (My Year of Rest and Relaxation, 2018) gets a splashy new edition following the success of her recent books. Off the coast of Zanzibar in 1851, a young man called McGlue comes to as he's rustled below deck. He killed his best friend, his shipmates say, but McGlue remains skeptical and awaits Johnson's return. Sick without drink, and sometimes sick with it, McGlue writhes in the bed he's chained to and terrorizes everyone, including himself. Delivered home to Salem, Massachusetts, McGlue awaits trial and dries out in jail, unraveling the tragic youth he remembers more clearly than he does what happened with Johnson, perhaps his life's sole source of tenderness. He hallucinates figures made of smoke and remembers the friend who nurtured him and fed his addiction, and was almost certainly even more than that. Moshfegh's first book introduces the kind of character, in all his psychological wildness and vivid grotesquerie that her others are known for, and readers will be more than intrigued. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A man held in the drunk tank in 1851 Salem, Massachusetts, tries to get sober enough to remember whether or not he killed his best friend. By the award-winning author of Eileen. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Accused of murdering his friend, Johnson, McGlue struggles to remember what happened on that drunken night.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The debut novella from one of contemporary fiction's most exciting young voices, now in a new edition.Salem, Massachusetts, 1851: McGlue is in the hold, still too drunk to be sure of name or situation or orientation--he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A-sail on the high seas of literary tradition, Ottessa Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard on a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection.They said I've done something wrong? . . . And they've just left me down here to starve. They'll see this inanition and be so damned they'll fall to my feet and pass up hot cross buns slathered in fresh butter and beg I forgive them. All of them . . . : the entire world one by one. Like a good priest I'll pat their heads and nod. I'll dunk my skull into a barrel of gin.