02 April 2024, 19:30

Book to Screen: Ottessa Moshfegh and Luke Goebel on Eileen

We’re thrilled to welcome novelists and screenwriting duo Ottessa Moshfegh and Luke Goebel to discuss how they adapted Eileen (Moshfegh’s 2015 novel) for the screen. In conversation with Adam Biles.


Eileen is a peculiar young woman—aloof and unfazed by the gloomy nature of her job at the local youth prison. But something in her changes the day that the new counsellor, Dr. Rebecca St. John arrives. She is instantly captivated by Rebecca's glamorous, enigmatic presence… Directed by William Oldroyd. Starring Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, Owen Teague, and Anne Hathaway.


Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Death in Her Hands, and Lapvona, her next three novels, were New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World and a novella, McGlue. She lives in Southern California.

Luke B. Goebel is an author and screenwriter living in Pasadena. His first book, Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours won the Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. His second novel, KILL DICK, is forthcoming this year. He earned an MFA at UMass Amherst and while a student helped launch Tyrant Books with the late Giancarlo DiTrapano; Goebel served as co-editor of The New York Tyrant until its final issue. He cofounded Omniscient Productions with Ottessa Moshfegh. They developed their first film EILEEN, writing and producing the adaptation of Moshfegh’s novel by that name. They also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated film Causeway—2022.

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