Reviews

  • "The book that everybody’s talking aboutI read it and was entranced."

    The Times
  • "This is the first book I couldn’t put down this year… Almost offensive with its close-to-the-bone truths, it’s shockingly relatable. And legitimately laugh-out-loud funny. Ottessa Moshfegh is sharp, savage and hilarious. "

    Isabel Dexter, Elle
  • "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
  • "Darkly hilarious... [Moshfegh’s] the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood."

    Vogue, **Must-Read Books of 2018**
  • "[My Year of Rest and Relaxation is] a laugh-out-loud page-turner... it’s also the best 9/11 novel I’ve read."

    Emily Wilson, Times Literary Supplement **Books of the Year 2018**
  • "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