My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Hardcover)

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When I feel burnt out, I often imagine what it might feel like to sleep through a month or even a year of my life. This novel turns that fantasy into reality, following a wealthy and traumatized unnamed narrator who (aided by an eccentric psychiatrist and a cocktail of prescription medications, both real and imagined) decides to do just that. The reader is privy to the narrator’s unfiltered inner monologue, which is so unflinchingly judgmental, narcissistic, selfish, and grotesque that it gives her narrative a voyeuristic appeal akin to that of watching a reality tv villain or a vain, aloof character on a show like Gossip Girl — it’s impossible to root for her, but equally as impossible to look away. 

— Allison S., Bookseller

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“Ottessa Moshfegh, more than any other writer I can think of, is great at capturing the feelings of despondency and malaise that come with living when and how we do. There are plenty of negative words to describe the narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation—she’s detached and depressed, she’s cruel and unfeeling—but Moshfegh writes her with such care and specificity I felt like I could live in her head forever.”
— Theo Henderson, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9788954671033
ISBN-10: 8954671039
Publisher: Munhak Dongnae
Publication Date: March 20th, 2020
Language: Korean