A young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father"s carer in his squalid home and her day job as a secretary at the boys" prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a handsome prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father"s messes. When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen"s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Terrifying, mesmeric, and sublimely funny, in a cross between true noir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley Jackson, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.
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