My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Julie’s pick: I didn’t expect to like this book. I almost stopped reading it after a few pages, but made the wide decision to continue. The novel revolves around a very beautiful, very privileged unnamed woman living in pre-9/11 New York City. In a moment of existential malaise, she finds herself a bad psychiatrist and pursues a year-long goal: keeping herself in a medicated sleep. At turns horrifying, hilarious, relatable, and devastating, Moshfegh has crafted a strange and deeply moving tale about navigating adulthood, the art scene, relationships, and self-identity in a world vulnerable to greater forces.

About the book: 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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