POSTPONED: Ottessa Moshfegh discusses Death In Her Hands

Pegasus Books Downtown
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30pm

New York Times bestselling author Ottessa Moshfegh discusses and signs copies of her highly anticipated new novel, Death In Her Hands.
 

  


From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home

While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, having moved here from her longtime home after the death of her husband, and she knows very few people. And she’s a little shaky even on her best days. Her brooding about this note quickly grows into a full-blown obsession, and she begins to devote herself to exploring the possibilities of her conjectures about who this woman was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But as we follow her in her investigation, strange dissonances start to accrue, and our faith in her grip on reality weakens, until finally, just as she seems to be facing some of the darkness in her own past with her late husband, we are forced to face the prospect that there is either a more innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one–one that strikes closer to home.

A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both guide us closer to the truth and keep us at bay from it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, only this time the stakes have never been higher.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ottessa Moshfegh
is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris ReviewThe New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399562907
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Published: Penguin Books - December 5th, 2017

McGlue: A Novella Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525522768
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 2019

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