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My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Paperback)

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A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman's experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn't just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate - dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 - this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of America's major young writers working at the height of her powers.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330412
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 196 x 135 x 22 mm


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"Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy... [My Year of Rest and Relaxation] is a non-negotiable in your holiday carry-on this summer." * Vogue *
"The book that everybody's talking about... I read it and was entranced." * The Times *
"The superabundantly talented... Moshfegh's sentences are piercing and vixenish... she is always a deep pleasure to read." * New York Times *
"My Year of Rest and Relaxation is whip-smart, continuously compelling, and acerbic in all the right ways." * Daily Telegraph *
"Electrifying... [Moshfegh] is adept at crafting compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity... Moshfegh's protagonist is an unlikely revolutionary." * Vanity Fair *
"A relentlessly savage fable of privilege and pain... While we're laughing, we feel disgust. It's a combination that makes for diamond-hard entertainment." * Guardian *
"Moshfegh's blackly funny new novel... [hits] multiple marks at once: as an art-school prank, a between-the-lines tale of displaced grief and a pitiless anatomy of gender injustice, it also offers... a dark state-of-America fable." -- Anthony Cummins * Observer *
"Ottessa Moshfegh's unnerving and compelling new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation... percussively hammered out in her flawless, rhythmic prose... concludes with a startlingly, unexpectedly beautiful passage... radical, urgent, and more painfully wise than perhaps we would like to admit." -- Sam Byers * Times Literary Supplement *
"[Ottessa Moshfegh] has been hailed in America as a saviour of literary fiction... she specialises in anti-heroines who won't jump through the usual hoops of womanhood... [My Year of Rest of Relaxation is] the kind of wickedly funny book you can tear through in an afternoon." * Evening Standard *
"Ottessa Moshfegh's second novel is as arresting as her first... A study of alienation and dislocation, Ms Moshfegh's compelling novel is filled with warped desires and reckless pursuits, but also with wisdom and warmth." * Economist *

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“My Year of Rest and Relaxation”

Looking at her from the outside, she has everything one could wish for: she is blond, pretty, thin, a Columbia graduate, stylish without effort and she has a job at a gallery. Due to her inheritance, she can afford an... More

Paperback edition
12th August 2018
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“Addictive”

A wonderful novel full of the darkest of black comedy. It's peopled by unsympathetic characters but surprisingly I realised I wanted to spend time with them, even if the unnamed "heroine" sleeps... More

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31st July 2018
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“Amusingly cruel sleeping beauty”

The narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation is blonde, thin, pretty and rich. She owns her own apartment on the Upper East Side in New York. Serena Van Der Woodsen would want to be her best friend. As she is rich,... More

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23rd July 2018
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