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Darkly hilariousMoshfeghs the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood Vogue Youll emerge from this darkly hilarious novel not necessarily rested or relaxed butfinely attuned to how delicately fraught the human condition can be Marie Claire Moshfegh has a keen sense of everyday absurdities, a deadpan delivery, and such a well honed sense of irony that the narrator s predicament never feels tragic this may be the finest existential novel not written by a French author A nervy modern day rebellion tale that isn t afraid to get dark or find humor in the darkness Kirkus, starred review Electrifying Moshfeghs narrators final gesture, transforming herself into a piece of half living art, echoes the odd and combative passivity of Herman Melvilles Bartleby, a scrivener who suddenly, inexplicably, refuses to perform his duties In a country that celebrates doers, such a preference is grotesque, an inversion of the American ideal of prospering through hard work But it also serves as a reminder that there is something to life outside the economic exchange of time for money and money for goods, even if that unnamed thing is obscure and perplexing and just a bit monstrous particularly as a woman Literature may not have the all the answers, but it can show us the power and allure of saying noVanity FairI was cringing during every moment of Ottessa Moshfeghs My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and yet I could not put the book downMoshfeghs protagonist is brutally dreary, and the brutality of her dreariness is often very funny, but the book is really quite seriousThe book seems to anchor itself to real experiences of pain and to validate itself by their relevanceBut it is mostly, almost by juxtaposition, about the realness of asubtle and very private expressionof pain, no matter the cause, no matter how seemingly trivial Thats what kept me reading even as my cringing muscles grew sore feeling in my screwed up face, barked laughs, and watery eyes the translation of that private kind of pain into something I could share Claire Benoit, Paris ReviewMoshfeghs ear remains as merciless as ever Like a latter day Flaubert, she delights in vanity and mediocrity, and in the absurdist heights both can reach whenever the occasion calls for a few sincere words Harpers MagazineWhen we are recommended a book we usually ask, What is it about But with Ottessa Moshfeghs My Year of Rest and Relaxation out Julyfrom Penguin , we ask, What isnt it about This novel takes on self hatred, feminism, sexuality, mental health, family, and big pharma AND its really f cking funny I dont even want to tell you too much because I went in blind, loving Ottessa from her novel Eileen also worth a read and found myself hooting and hollering, vibing on a very different tip than her other work put me on Im so impressed that just one lady has written all these very special different things Also, this book cover will have you kissing millennial pink goodbye and walking over to hot pinks corner About time Lena DunhamA shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young womans 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 heart of things, and it isnt 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 Its the yearin a city aglitter with wealth and possibility what could be so terribly wrong This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate dangling its legs over the ledge of this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of Americas major young writers working at the height of her powers