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Ottessa Moshfegh, one of America’s most celebrated young writers, joins Kate and Daya to discuss her third novel, Death in Her Hands. Ottessa completed the book before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has an uncanny resonance with this unique historic moment as it grapples throughout with issues of isolation. When, in the interview, Ottessa declares “being in isolation and not going crazy is a lot of work,” she is speaking about her book’s protagonist; but she could just as well be talking about anyone in the world during these days of Shelter in Place. Throw in a deftly crafted murder mystery, a central character reckoning with her own mortality and disappointing life as she begins to find clues and piece together the puzzle, and a dog in the lead supporting role – and it’s pretty clear that Ms. Moshfegh has written a psychological thriller for our times.
Also, Juli Delgado Lopera, author of Fiebre Tropical, returns to recommend House of Impossible Beauties, Joseph Cassara’s vibrant debut novel set in Harlem’s gay ball scene in the 1980s.