Ottessa Moshfegh: I erase the books I love from my mind its how I move on

The American novelist why she wishes she had written Lolita and having an existential crisis while reading Tuck Everlasting

The book I am currently reading
An advanced copy of The White Devils Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Franciscos Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler.

The book that changed my life
I cant really say. Maybe I am a bit too militant about detachment, but every time I love a book, my heart breaks for a few weeks, I tell a few people, and then I erase it from my mind. Its the only way I can move on.

The book I wish Id written
Vladimir Nabokovs Lolita. It would be fascinating to see how it would be received by the public if its author were female.

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The book that is most underrated
I really think that woman who wrote those Harry Potter books should get some acclaim.

The last book that made me cry
I dont think Ive ever cried reading a book. But I did have an existential crisis reading Natalie Babbitts Tuck Everlasting in primary school. Its about a family that lives for ever.

The last book that made me laugh
I havent been reading very funny stuff lately, but I think I may have wanted to laugh while I was reading Philip Roths Portnoys Complaint a few years ago.

The book I couldnt finish
So many. The stack by my bedside has broken through the ceiling.

The book Im ashamed not to have read
People can try to shame me for not reading a certain book, but I will not be shamed. We all have our proclivities!

My earliest reading memory
It was a book in kindergarten that I didnt respect. What fascinated me was the spelling of the word young.

My comfort reading
Texts from my mother.

The book I give
You Are Having a Good Time by Amie Barrodale. Its one of my favourite short story collections.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh is shortlisted for this years Wellcome book prize. The winner is announced on 1 May.

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