My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Updated: Feb 12, 2019


As someone who once slept for 19 hours straight and loved every minute of it, I was naturally drawn to this novel about a 20-something woman who attempts to hibernate for a year using a potent mix of sleeping pills and deep existential ennui. Highlighting the anxieties and preoccupations of urban life in the year 2000, this is a sharp, biting look at what happens when radical self-care devolves into a prolonged exercise in self-annihilation. Ottessa Moshfegh’s caustic observations and slick eye for detail will delight and disgust in equal measure, while broader questions of beauty and meaning, entertainment and alienation, grief and the possibility of renewal lurk just under the surface of consciousness.


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