My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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 hea...

Details My Year of Rest and Relaxation

TitleMy Year of Rest and Relaxation
Release DateJul 12th, 2018
PublisherJonathan Cape
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • Robin
    Well, this one went down nice n' easy, like I imagine an Ambien would.ADMISSION: I'm a little bit in love with this author, this woman who is often maligned for being gross and writing about nasty female characters, for being deliberately provocative relying solely on shock value, and oh don't forget, she's just plain unlikable. All of which makes me say: "SO WHAT?"Ottessa Moshfegh does write about icky things people do, magnifies the cruel dark ...
  • Tatiana
    Listening to this book was like watching Girls.Occasionally funny and occasionally insightful in a limited, WASP-y kind of way, but mostly ridiculous, privileged, and, ultimately, pointless.
  • Navidad Thélamour
    I was finally doing something that really mattered. Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart—this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then—that when I’d slept enough, I’d be okay. I’d be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over...
  • Elyse Walters
    2018-07-28 by Julia WhelanQuestions I had were:“Are there really psychiatrists this bad?” and who has friends like Reva? My biggest question of all:how would this funny ( ok, ‘tragic’-comic), but still laughable to me - fascinating fantasy- possibly end for our ‘girl-in-hibernation’? I was curious as hell. I enjoyed the journey to the end too - the dialogue- the absurdity! I’m thankful I never felt anxious or addicted to binge...
  • Samantha Colwell
    Review from Hello Yellow Room. Someone standing in line with Otessa Moshfegh at a Starbucks must have said aloud “I’m not sure there’s a novel that sufficiently embraces apathy brought about by woeful depression,” and Otessa said, “Hold my latte.” If that’s not a factual depiction of how this novel was conceived, then my new favorite author Ms. Moshfegh herself can come correct me. I wouldn’t mind.My Year of Rest and Relaxation i...
  • PorshaJo
    Rating 4.5 starsI was a fan of Ottessa Moshfegh after reading her book Eileen. I really enjoyed the read and could not wait for more from this author. But her next book came out and to be honest, I didn't like it. In fact, I didn't finish it. (Why - see my #3 reason below) So when I saw she had a new book coming out, I was excited but a bit worried. Would the 'third times the charm' fate indicate if I would read more of her books or just say she'...
  • j e w e l s
    FIVE SARDONIC STARS My repeated claim to love unlikable characters is put to the test in this darkly irreverent, strange fable. I’m sticking to my claim. I do love most of the unlikable people in My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Humor goes a long way when writing unpleasant characters! The author is sophisticated and brilliant when it comes to injecting absurdly wry observations on both the glitter and the grime of New York City. Contrary to the...
  • Beverly
    Sleep as a tonic for griefA mesmerizing peek into the self-medication of a young woman who wants to sleep for a year and wake up rejuvenated and ready to live. She only has one friend and has been let go from her job. At times the conversations she has with her best friend, Reva, are absurd and others sad, she has just lost her parents and an older, very selfish lover, so she wants to do a rewind, like on her beloved VCR, this takes places in 200...
  • Annet
    Hilarious and sad at the same time, weir combination isn't it... In the beginning, reading about a young lady, beautiful though in a weird mindset, only wanting to sleep and achieving this with a cocktail of all sorts of sleeping/calming medicine, I thought, this is not for me. However, this book is so deliciously weird you keep reading and wondering what is gonna happen next.... and the psychiatrist/therapeut she is seeing.... weird to say the l...
  • Cara M
    *i received an ARC of this novel through a Goodreads giveaway. which i suppose means final text is still subject to change but i wouldn't get my hopes up.what a dreadful waste of words. i guess i'm glad the middle of the novel so sedated me in its banality that the utterly cheap 9/11 conclusion was merely offensive rather than absolutely enraging.moshfegh is clearly a talented writer, and her entertaining wit sneaks through in moments throughout ...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 Stars! I am overcome by awe, not because she looks like Reva, and I think it's her, almost exactly her, and not because Reva and I had been friends, or because I'll never see her again, but because she is beautiful. There she is, a human being, diving into the unknown, and she is wide awake This was my first Otessa Moshfegh novel and it lived up to the hype. The cover threw me off as it almost has a historical fiction look to it but I will tell...
  • Gumble's Yard
    I was “on drugs.” I took upwards of a dozen pills a day. But it was all very regulated, I thought. It was all totally above board. I just wanted to sleep all the time. I had a plan. “I’m not a junkie or something,” I said defensively. “I’m taking some time off. This is my year of rest and relaxation.” This novel is by Ottessa Mosfegh – author of Eileen, my views of which were neatly captured by the Sunday Times recent review of...
  • Lotte
    Pretty brutal and absolutely brilliant.
  • Karen
    This is a book narrated by a very depressed and beautiful young woman who has graduated from college, works in an art gallery, and lives in New York, the year is 2001. She was recently lost both her parents, her father to cancer, and her mother close afterward from pills/alcohol. She also has an awful relationship with a man who is on again off again.So... she decided she needs a year of rest, to just sleep for a year, consistently. She finds a p...
  • Maxwell
    This was bizarre and wonderful. I absolutely love Moshfegh's weirdness. She doesn't shy away from the things people usually hesitate to discuss, and she's fine with making her main characters off-putting. It's so refreshing to read. And that last page really took it all home. Like her other works, this novel will not be for everyone; but I think the people who like it will really like it. I sure did.
  • Barry Pierce
    Ottessa Moshfegh seems to be completely incapable of producing works that aren't masterpieces.
  • Blair
    The unnamed narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation may be obscenely privileged, but her life is bleak. She was neglected by her parents (both now dead), maintains an on-off relationship with a ‘reoccurring ex-boyfriend’ who treats her like shit, and has one friend, Reva, whom she despises. ‘I was plagued by misery, anxiety, a wish to escape the prison of my mind and body.’ In 2000, she begins a year-long process of ‘hibernating’ ...
  • Michelle
    When I received an ARC of My Year of Rest and Relaxation in the mail I was beyond ecstatic. I loved Ottessa Moshfegh's debut, Eileen, and was really looking forward to this one. I can tell you that if you were not a fan of Eileen then you will probably not like this book either. Even I found this one a tough pill to swallow. Our unnamed narrator is a beautiful, smart, wealthy New York twenty-something that has decided that she wants to take the n...
  • Meike
    I love how Ottessa Moshfegh embraces female characters who at first might seem unlikeable - she gives them a degree of psychological depth that makes it hard not to feel with them. Gradually, Moshfegh peels away the layers of defensive and outright weird behavior and the superficial self-explanations in order to expose what really drives these women - and just like Eileen, the unnamed protagonist of "My Year of Rest and Relexation" is struggling ...
  • Sarah
    2.5 rounded downFirst off -- I think I should put out there that I am someone who does not *get* Moshfegh's fiction. I understand from reading a number of reviews that many find her books to be brilliant... I am not one of those people.I should add that this is a lot better than Homesick for Another World, which I absolutely hated. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is very readable, amusing and shocking in equal measure... but I finished wondering w...
  • Vanessa
    A dark portrayal of a woman who essentially decides to detach from the outside world to hibernate and sleep away a whole year. She is in major denial of past traumas causing her to delve into toxic and dangerous levels of pill popping, the more she takes the more she needs, counteracting her ability to sleep thus ensuing a dangerous cycle of consuming dangerous levels of whatever her psychiatrist Dr. Tuttle can prescribe her, her psychiatrist who...
  • emily
    one of the most engrossing and fascinating stories i've ever read. the last page + line just kicked me in the stomach
  • Kelly
    I could barely stand this book. And that’s a mark of it’s great skill at rendering its subject, a number of flaws, and an extremely dissatisfying, clunky conclusion. The risk of writing something about a truly awful, privileged person’s severe, mind numbing, repetitive depression is that, you know, that’s what it will feel like. The writing feels heavy, and gets heavier. It’s effective, it makes you a part of the depression in a clever ...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    What did I just listen to? If it weren’t for narrator Julia Whelan I probably would have canned this one. (She was brilliant!) Well actually who am I kidding, no I wouldn’t. It was a book club pick and I don’t like showing up to book club unprepared so I would have suffered reading this one (thank goodness it was an audio instead).At the start of it I was confused: I wasn’t sure if I loved it or hated it. I was intrigued, it was entertain...
  • KC
    Ugh This book has received numerous accolades, which is why I picked it up, but I am not even sure what the point of this story is. Pre 9/11 and our main character, a Columbia graduate, decides to hibernate from society for an entire year by popping pills, power sleeping, and watching VHS movies on her tape player. We meet her Dr. who prescribes her any pills she wants, her on/off again dick of a "boyfriend", and her "best friend", whom she despi...
  • Roman Clodia
    What a bold, original, uncompromising writer Moshfegh is! If I fell in love with her work with Eileen, then this book has sealed my adoration. On the surface, this is a kind of non-story: ‘I had started “hibernating” as best I could in mid-June of 2000. I was twenty-four years old.’ The unnamed narrator self-medicates with the help of a crazy-mad psychiatrist (‘there was no shortage of psychiatrists in New York City, but finding one as ...
  • Nenia ✨ Literary Garbage Can ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThe reviews of this book are hilarious. Half of them appear to be taking this book at face value, and the other half seem to be trying to come across as if they are op-eds for The New Yorker. MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION is a polarizing book, and whether you'll like it depends on how you feel about reading depressing books with unlikable characters. If you want escapism and "soft" and "gent...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    It's the year 2000. Our main character is a young and beautiful woman who has had her share of disappointments in life and decides to spend most of her time sleeping and watching movies on her VHS.To achieve this, she starts visiting a psychiatrist she found on the yellow pages. This terrible doctor provides her with all the prescription narcotics she wants, and she begins to consume medications like an unsupervised kid eating halloween candy. Oh...