My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfeqh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
"In anyone else's hands, a story like this could have been vapid, ridiculous or boring.  In Moshfegh's hands, it's a near-perfect combination of funny/sad.  it's the year 2000 in NYC, and our unnamed narrator, despite her enviably privileged life, is determined to spend a year 'hibernating' in a drugged-out haze.  What happens is at times hilarious, at times depressing, and genuine food for thought.  Moshfegh's characterizations and portrait of turn-of-the-millenium NYC are spot-on.  A smart, totally entertaining book."  - Recommended by Erika
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ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

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.