My year of rest and relaxation / Ottessa Moshfegh.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a shocking and tender novel about a young woman's efforts to sustain a state of deep hibernation over the course of a year on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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      "A portion of this novel appeared in Vice" -- t.p. verso.
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      MOSHFEGH, O. My year of rest and relaxation. [s. l.]: Penguin Press, 2018. ISBN 9780525522119. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 ago. 2020.
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      Moshfegh O. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Penguin Press; 2018. Accessed August 3, 2020.
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      Moshfegh O. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Penguin Press; 2018. Accessed August 3, 2020.
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      Moshfegh, O. (2018). My year of rest and relaxation. Penguin Press.
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      Moshfegh, Ottessa. 2018. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Penguin Press.
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      Moshfegh, O. (2018) My year of rest and relaxation. Penguin Press. Available at: (Accessed: 3 August 2020).
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      Moshfegh, O 2018, My year of rest and relaxation, Penguin Press, viewed 3 August 2020, .
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      Moshfegh, Ottessa. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Penguin Press, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Moshfegh, Ottessa. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Penguin Press, 2018.
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      Moshfegh O. My year of rest and relaxation [Internet]. Penguin Press; 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 3]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

*Starred Review* The unnamed 24-year-old narrator of Moshfegh's (Homesick for Another World, 2017) intriguingly bizarre second novel decides to hibernate in 2000. For about a year, aided by a dizzying parade of pills, she'll treat the Manhattan apartment her inheritance bought her as her den. Her occasional boyfriend treats her horribly, her only friend, Reva, annoys her, and her job working in a Chelsea gallery is literally tiresome: she spends part of every workday napping in a supply closet. None of this is new, though; she has just finally made up her mind to embrace the slumber she so craves. As medications' effectiveness begin to wane, she invents symptoms and increasingly disturbing dreams to elicit ever-stronger medications from her dubiously qualified doctor, until she lands on Infermiterol. Just one pill took "days of my life away. It was the perfect drug in that sense." Amidst her haze, which Moshfegh concocts with delirious clarity, the narrator recalls her dead parents—her mother, especially, resembles a fairy-tale villain—and doesn't disguise her inability to empathize with Reva, whose own mother is dying. Readers might have trouble "getting" her, but there is one thing they'll know that she doesn't, given the time and place. Propulsive, both disturbing and funny, and smart as hell. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #2

Moshfegh's McGlue won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and Eileen the PEN/Hemingway Award; the recent collection Homesick for Another World was a New York Times Notable Book. In the latest spiky offering from this of-the-moment author, one the publisher hopes will break her out, a young woman's life seems glowy—she's got good looks, good credentials, a fun job, and an Upper East Side apartment. But with her parents dead and her boyfriend and best friend both trouble, she withdraws for a year of drug-induced grappling with her sense of being emptily out of step with the world.

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LJ Reviews 2018 May #1

It's early 2000 on New York City's Upper East Side, and the alienation of Moshfegh's unnamed young protagonist from others is nearly complete when she initiates her yearlong siesta, during which time she experiences limited personal interactions. Her parents have died; her relationships with her bulimic best friend Reva, an ex-boyfriend, and her drug-pushing psychiatrist are unwholesome. As her pill-popping intensifies, so does her isolation and determination to leave behind the world's travails. She is also beset by dangerous blackouts induced by a powerful medication. Moshfegh is on familiar ground telling a dark story, saturated with a litany of descriptions reminiscent of Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho. VERDICT Interest in the narrator's long-lasting sleep trial may diminish before the novel ends, but her story is neither restful nor relaxing. The author's award-winning novel Eileen similarly portrayed a disturbed young woman seeking to escape her existence, but this work is not nearly as dark, though it's certainly as provocative and even occasionally funny. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]—Faye Chadwell, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis

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