My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.2 • 167 Ratings
    • $14.99

    • $14.99

Publisher Description

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon,Vice, BustleThe New York TimesThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

A New York Times Bestseller

“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound.” — Entertainment Weekly 

“Darkly hilarious . . . [Moshfegh’s] the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood.” Vogue

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

Julia Whelan
hr min
July 10
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

caffeinated bobby ,

Good, but not enjoyable

A very thoughtful and well-written story about the absolute worst character of all time.

Kgordonlosangeles ,

Best book in a long time...

If you’re open to a truly bizarre story this is magnificent. The narrator is the best I’ve heard- I listen to lots of audio books.

I see a lot of reviews are a little disgusted by this book and it’s not for the light of heart. It’s romantic, though, in the most interesting way. A woman in love with sleep... what a love story!!

Flickerite ,

R rated

Gross and perverse sexual language and imagery. The description in the blurb and the sample give the reader no idea of what is coming. Research more before you invest in this book. I found it disgusting

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