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'McGlue' casts a groggy sailor into a drunken murder tale
'McGlue' casts a groggy sailor into a drunken murder tale

When I was in the Navy, I knew a lot of drunken sailors: men who drank for the joy of being drunk, men who drank with the desperation of characters out of a Faulkner novel, and men who drank for a reprieve from the inflexible discipline that dogs those foolish enough to seek their fortune on the high seas. But I never knew anyone who drank like McGlue, the eponymous hero of Ottessa Moshfegh's debut, "McGlue," a strange and beautiful novella released by Fence Books. McGlue is a 19th century sailor, a deck seaman of dubious skill, who wants one thing and one thing only: a bottle. "I wake up mornings with my head in a vice. The only solution is to drink again. That makes...

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