*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
'Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy...' Vogue
Discover this deliciously dark satire on modern privilege from the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen
It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?
Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: 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 heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend.
Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate – dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 – My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers.
"The book that everybody’s talking about… I read it and was entranced."
"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. "
"The superabundantly talented...Moshfegh’s sentences are piercing and vixenish… she is always a deep pleasure to read."
"My Year of Rest and Relaxation is whip-smart, continuously compelling, and acerbic in all the right ways."
"Electrifying... [Moshfegh] is adept at crafting compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity... Moshfegh’s protagonist is an unlikely revolutionary."