IBNA- ‘Eileen’ (2015), the debut novel of Iranian-American author Ottessa Moshfegh which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award has been adapted into a feature film by Hollywood which is in the production stage.
Published by Penguin Press in August 2015, ‘Eileen’ was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was a fiction finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
In this book Eileen, the main character and narrator of the story, describes a series of events that occurred years ago, when she was young and living in a Massachusetts town that she refers to only as "X-ville."
At the beginning of the novel we find her working as a secretary at a local juvenile prison while living with and caring for her abusive father, a retired police officer suffering from alcoholism and paranoia. As the story continues we learn more and more about a dramatic situation that causes her to leave her life in X-ville.
Actors Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie will star in the film based on ‘Eileen’ which will be directed by William Oldroyd of Lady McBeth-fame, while Ari Wegner, who is winning accolades for his work in the recently released The Power of the Dog, will be lensing. Currently in development at Searchlight Pictures,' Eileen' is yet to lock a release date.
Moshfegh was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1981 of an Iranian father and Croatian mother. She received her BA in English from Barnard College in 2002. She completed an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2011. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University from 2013-2015.
Her second novel ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ (2018) has been described by Time as a story about a sharp, beautiful, privileged — and deeply unhappy — woman in her early 20s who employs the most ethics-immune psychiatrist in New York City to help her sleep for a year, hoping she’ll emerge reborn.