Posted on 06/25/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Ottessa Moshfegh fits into a couple of different pandemic tropes.

She’s among those whose works were released later than previously scheduled; Death in Her Hands came out not in April but this past week.

And she’s also among those whose previous works seem eerily prescient — My Year of Rest and Relaxation followed a woman’s gradually increasing isolation (albeit self-imposed) from the world.

As Literary Hub’s Kristen Iverson observed, the nature of the book has landed it on many a quarantine reading list, but if you’ve already read it, rest assured that Death in Her Hands follows the same theme.

Iverson’s interview with Moshfegh, like the novel it focused on, was ready months earlier but is just now popping up.
It has aged quite well, dealing as it does with solitude versus loneliness, the dangers of social media, and the nation’s reckoning with issues of privilege.

Read Moshfegh’s interview on Lit Hub and check out the compilation of reviews for Death in Her Hands on Book Marks.

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