My Year of Rest and Relaxation


Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon, Vice, BustleThe New York TimesThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

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Leo H.
United States

I adore everything Ottessa has ever written :)

It’s really good just trust me

  • Recommended for... Mentally ill girls and gays
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France France

an interesting escapade into the mind of an unreliable narrorator

Im not sure that I would precisely call our main character an unreliable narrator; perhaps she falls more into the realm of unlikable characters. However, the book itself is not unlikable. If one enjoys long stream narration and internal dialogue, then I would say that all Ottessa Moshfegh's writing would suit you. This book provided interesting insight into the mind of a woman given many privileges in life but lacks the **** for life one would expect. To be so thoroughly brought into the mind of this human, or any human, comes with its goods and bads and MYORAR covers it all. I would say avoid this book if you need constant momentum and action in your books, but if character studied and relationships are more of value (not to dismiss one or the other) than give this book, and all of Moshfegh's writing a try.

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gabrielle w.
United States United States

Beautifully written, overwhelming sadness.

This book made me cry, laugh, and question myself. The narrator talking about her feelings, and just how she wants to live her life was so incredibly depressing. If you’d like an interesting, can’t put down, story, please read. 4.5/5.

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