Ottessa Moshfegh - Death in Her Hands

Ottessa Moshfegh - Death in Her Hands

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020 7:00 PM

173 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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.

A Cappella Books welcomes New York Times bestselling author of "My Year of Rest and Relaxation," Ottessa Moshfegh, to SCADshow in honor of her highly-anticipated new novel, "Death in Her Hands." Moshfegh will be in conversation with writer and publicist, Alison Law.

This event is free and open to the public. By pre-ordering a copy of the book from A Cappella, you may reserve a seat for yourself and a guest. Or, if you are unable to attend this event, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book for in-store pickup or delivery below:

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of "My Year of Rest and Relaxation," a New York Times bestseller; "Homesick for Another World," a New York Times Book Review notable book of the year; "Eileen," which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; and "McGlue," which won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her stories have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.