Death in her hands / Ottessa Moshfegh.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
    • ISBN:
      9781984879356
      1984879359
    • Accession Number:
      2019045121
    • Accession Number:
      on1157343224
      1157343224
    • Accession Number:
      fay.701784
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    • ABNT:
      MOSHFEGH, O. Death in her hands. [s. l.]: Penguin Press, 2020. ISBN 9781984879356. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784. Acesso em: 10 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Moshfegh O. Death in Her Hands. Penguin Press; 2020. Accessed August 10, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784
    • APA:
      Moshfegh, O. (2020). Death in her hands. Penguin Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Moshfegh, Ottessa. 2020. Death in Her Hands. Penguin Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784.
    • Harvard:
      Moshfegh, O. (2020) Death in her hands. Penguin Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784 (Accessed: 10 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Moshfegh, O 2020, Death in her hands, Penguin Press, viewed 10 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Moshfegh, Ottessa. Death in Her Hands. Penguin Press, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Moshfegh, Ottessa. Death in Her Hands. Penguin Press, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Moshfegh O. Death in her hands [Internet]. Penguin Press; 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 10]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701784

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

On a spring morning walk in the woods with her dog, 72-year-old Vesta Gul (whose last name should sound like gull but is pronounced ghoul by most) finds a note: Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Vesta pockets the note and retreats to her home, a former Girl Scout camp without a working phone. A fractured, startlingly human narrator in Moshfegh's (My Year of Rest and Relaxation, 2018; McGlue, 2019) inimitable style, Vesta quickly reveals a relentless imagination matched only by her desire to uncover the truth. She tries to solve the mystery but before long she's writing it (if there's a difference), conjuring Magda and all the other key players, whom she begins to meet in real life. As she conjures, readers learn all about Vesta herself, particularly life with the academic husband whose ashes she's been meaning to get rid of. Cleverly unraveling, linguistically brilliant, and limning the limits of reality, this will speak to fans of literary psychological suspense. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2

On a spring morning walk in the woods with her dog, 72-year-old Vesta Gul (whose last name should sound like gull but is pronounced ghoul by most) finds a note: Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Vesta pockets the note and retreats to her home, a former Girl Scout camp without a working phone. A fractured, startlingly human narrator in Moshfegh's (My Year of Rest and Relaxation, 2018; McGlue, 2019) inimitable style, Vesta quickly reveals a relentless imagination matched only by her desire to uncover the truth. She tries to solve the mystery but before long she's writing it (if there's a difference), conjuring Magda and all the other key players, whom she begins to meet in real life. As she conjures, readers learn all about Vesta herself, particularly life with the academic husband whose ashes she's been meaning to get rid of. Cleverly unraveling, linguistically brilliant, and limning the limits of reality, this will speak to fans of literary psychological suspense. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 November #1

Moshfegh's disorienting latest (after My Year of Rest and Relaxation) sends up the detective genre with mixed results. Vesta Gul is an elderly woman who has moved to an isolated cabin on a lake after her husband's death—with only her dog, Charlie, to keep her company. Vesta finds a note in the woods that reads "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body." But there's no body to be found. While Vesta does do some detective work (such as using Ask Jeeves to search "How does one solve a mystery?"), mainly her mind imagines Magda's life, to the point where the people Magda knew bleed into Vesta's own life. Moshfegh clearly revels in fooling with mystery conventions, but the narrative becomes so unreliable that it almost seems random, and readers may wish for more to grasp onto, or for some sort of consequence. There's an intriguing idea at the center of this about how the mind can spin stories in order to stay alive, but the novel lacks the devious, provocative fun of Moshfegh's other work, and is messy enough to make readers wonder what exactly to make of it. Agent: Bill Clegg, The Clegg Agency. (Apr.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.