David and Eileen

In the middle of his performance at the New Haven Shubert Theater last week, David Sedaris paused to pass along a book title that John Waters had suggested to him. The book is Eileen written by Odessal Moshfegh and both Waters and Sedaris praised it as the best book they have recently read. This PEN/Hemingway winner for debut fiction has been described as dark, not a surprise that Waters in particular praised it, unsettling, shocking and unnerving. Oh, and from John Banville, "blacker than black and cold as an ice. It's also brilliantly realised and horribly funny." Sedaris was selling the book along with his own in the lobby but I was too afraid to buy it.