The adage “the grass is always greener on the other side” encapsulates the glimpses into the snippets of the lives of those portrayed in Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh.
This collection is gritty and brings to light all the odd things that people do and think, but don’t necessarily want to admit to doing and thinking about. Each of the characters presented is unique, but also have similar tendencies toward oddly impulsive actions and living very much within their heads, oftentimes much to their emotional detriment.
I do think that the cover art is incredibly misleading – the collection contains no sci-fi stories involving aliens; instead the aliens are the characters who long for something different from what they have. I find it quite interesting how polarizing this collection is and the incredibly strong opinions that readers have voiced about it – some rave about the writing while others decry the narratives as disgusting. I enjoyed the stories and found things within them that resonated with me and provoked me to think about it further, but the sometimes abrupt endings and occasionally wandering narratives also caused some frustration for me while reading.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.