My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

By Ottessa Moshfegh

  • Release Date: 2018-07-10
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 285 Ratings


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.


  • Underwhelming

    By chickpea152
    I picked this book because I felt I could relate to the main character’s feelings and predicament, but this book barely scratched the surface of what I was hoping to understand isolation as a form of self-care.
  • Dark & Wonderful

    By hopeh92
    I couldn’t put it down. A beautifully written novel that had my eyes skipping down the page in order to find out what terrible inevitability was waiting for the main character as she descended into self-destruction.
  • Massively depressing and dull!

    By Kasperp
    I am dumbfounded. This book is awful, simply awful. Dark, depressing and without any real meaning. I found myself depressed and sad reading it. I hated the main character and her friend Reva. Who was made out to be a muppet. Don’t buy this book!
  • Dark

    By James12324
    I love her writing.
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

    By jane von
    This is really one of the most unpleasant reads I have ever experienced. Don’t bother reading it to the end....there is absolutely no payoff for time spent.
  • I loved this book

    By Lorimimi
    Dark yet funny. I laughed out loud . You don’t ever know the main character’s name but you don’t need to! I breezed right through it. I loved this author’s storytelling.
  • Horrible book

    By Chiro 1
    DO Not waste your money!!!!
  • MyYear of Rest and Relaxation

    By Louise D Oaklme Ca
    I guess I’ve read too many books like this full of lists of drugs, movies, young hedonists. I didn’t see anything new about her style of writing or its content. Louise D, Oakland CA
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

    By bhytrfghji
    Great Book.
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