Moshfegh specializes in disturbed and disturbing female narrators, and tells their stories from the inside out, so everything depends on your response to the one voice you hear. Here, a widow in her 70s has moved to a town where she knows no one, to an isolated cabin with no phone and no company but her dog. Why? Ann Marie Lee has pitched the woman's voice in a high and cracking register that suggests a very old and semi-hysterical person. This may work against Moshfegh's deliberately claustrophobic technique in which the suspense comes from trying to gauge just how crazed the narrator may be. Lee's choice telegraphs a lot. There is humor and mystery and horror here, still, and a powerful denouement. B.G. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2020]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780593165379 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2020
DD ISBN 9780593165386 $66.50
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