REVIEW: Homesick for Another World

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I’ve spoken before about my love for short stories and today I’m ready to share a new favourite collection with you. I was given Homesick for Another World as a present some time ago but due to my inability to time manage, I’ve only just gotten around to reading it.

It was worth the wait.

In Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh has crafted an unsettling but utterly riveting collection of short stories. It is packed full of unsettling characters who are battling with a yearning for something, something that is often doing battle with their impulses. The result of this is a brilliant collection of tales about this distance  between the life we want and the life we lead.

Many of the characters in Homesick for Another World are flawed, but written in such a brilliant way that you are still invested in them and, for some of them, you are really rooting for them. You get the sense that these characters, and perhaps the stories themselves, are balancing on an edge. That really leaks beyond the page until you as the reader are holding your breath to, waiting to see which way things will fall.

If you couldn’t tell, this is a very character driven collection of short stories which I love but it might not be for everyone. If you want something action packed, this probably isn’t for you. For me, it made the entire book incredibly insightful and thought-provoking.

With that being said, there is a lot of variety in that focus which gives each of the stories their own unique voice. I didn’t have to stop and wait between stories because there was plenty of differences between the stories themselves. That doesn’t stop me from having favourites however. I la-la-loved The Weirdos, Dancing in the Moonlight and The Surrogate, which are all delightfully unsettling and haunting reads.

Kelly x

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