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, Health, Mental Health

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 ...
  • 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'...
  • Elyse
    1970-01-01 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...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lotte
    Pretty brutal and absolutely brilliant.
  • 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’ ...
  • 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, pointless, and, finally, thin.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Matthew Quann
    Moshfegh’s done it again! I may be back in a few days with some more comprehensive thoughts, but I may also keep this one brief. Moshfegh’s most darkly hilarious book yet works on so many levels that I’d like wait a few months, take another dip in My Year of Rest and Relaxation and return with more in-depth thoughts than, “I loved it!” There’s lots to unpack here, but it’s less stuffy than a lot of literary fiction, so don’t let t...
  • 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 ...
  • Rachel
    This book was a weird and offbeat delight. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is exactly what its title advertises - our unnamed narrator decides that all she wants out of life is to sleep for a year straight. But not just 8 hour a night sleep - she wants to pass an entire year mostly unconscious, which she attempts to achieve with the help of a cocktail of pharmaceuticals prescribed by the least qualified psychiatrist of all time who she happened to...
  • 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...
  • Annelies
    Somehow this book did something to me. The thought of going to sleep for a year and awaken in a new life, a new self... It sets you thinking... I guess sometimes we all hope sleep could change reality for us.
  • Krista
    Soon I was hitting the pills hard and sleeping all day and all night with two- and three-hour breaks in between. This was good, I thought. 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...
  • Uriel Perez
    Without a doubt in my mind, I can say Otessa Moshfegh’s ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ is my favorite book of 2018 (so far). It follows one woman’s quest to “hibernate” for a year under the influence of enough prescription medication to sedate a small town in hopes of attaining freedom from her droll, empty life full of shallow friends and mindless entertainment. This quest for enlightenment, however, quickly transforms into a hypno...
  • 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...
  • Drew
    5+ out of 5.Who would've imagined a book about a woman who wants to just sleep for a year could be so engaging? So crazy? So much more than that? Of course, it shouldn't surprise. Ottessa Moshfegh is some kind of crazy genius and what a second novel this turns out to be. It's like a sibling novel to You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, with less overt weirdness and more deranged narrator. It is not going to be for everyone, but I loved it - every p...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'This was the beauty of sleep- reality detached itself and appeared in my mind as casually as a movie or a dream. It was easy to ignore things that didn’t concern me.'Moshfegh is a hell of a writer, I was dazed after reading this novel. I felt like I was sucked into the pit of our narrator’s despair. Finishing this was like stepping out of a pitch dark room into torturous sunlight. Our narrat...
  • Lisa
    [3.5 stars] A dark and sly novel about an unnamed narrator who literally hibernates for a year in the aftermath of her parents' deaths. No wonder there is buzz about Ottessa Moshfegh! She manages to make a novel with an unappealing subject - a vacant, depressed young woman who does nothing but sleep, take pills and watch videos - compulsively readable. I won an ARC from Goodreads Giveaways.
  • Veronica Moss
    This book is not for everyone but I give it five stars because it is just such a peculiar ride. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the world, or thought to yourself, "Man, I hate people sometimes," or wanted to take a serious time out from, well, everything ... this is one way you could do it. This book is dark yet funny in an offbeat way. It IS fucked up. I wanted to dislike the unnamed protagonist (she's blonde, rich, skinny and beautiful - b...
  • Paul Fulcher
    "There she is, a human being, diving into the unknown, and she is wide awake."Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen was a stand out inclusion on the 2016 Man Booker shortlist but not necessarily in a good way: my review mid 20s narrator of her latest novel, having lost her job in a contemporary art studio but financially secure after the death of both her parents, decides to take "a year of rest and relaxation." Ex...
  • Will
    If you are not a Moshfegh fan, I doubt this novel will do much to change your view.If you are a Moshfegh fan you will probably love this novel. At least that is what I have gathered from scanning a few of the current GR reviews. This ARC, which was passed on to me by two friends, both fans and younger than myself, think it is her best work yet. I have mixed feelings, falling somewhere in between fan and non-fan (and is 'younger' a key word in tho...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Oh, how I love Ottessa Moshfegh’s bold and subversive mind. In her latest novel, she explores the relatable modern themes of ennui, apathy, alienation and depression with dark humor and merciless commentary.In an attempt to become a better person and live a more meaningful life, our unnamed narrator embarks on a year of self-induced hibernation, convinced that she’ll come out on the other side transformed and better adjusted. With the help of...
  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    Can't even review this properly yet.Ottessa Moshfegh is a master storyteller. This story was bleak but ultimately sublime and transcendent. I'm floored and I doubt any other novel this year will top this GodMore thoughts: beyond the laugh out loud dark comedic elements that are a trademark of Moshfegh's style, the narrator is dealing with an ever-increasing existential crisis. She has been drifting since losing her parents during her jun...
  • Abbie | ab_reads
    Thanks to @penguinpress for gifting an advanced copy of My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh to review! It came out last week and you might have seen in my stories, I recommend this one to anyone who loves darkly comic stories about fucked up people making terrible decisions..Fans of Moshfegh’s previous novel Eileen will be delighted with this one, I think! I loved that one until the ending, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation has ...