My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Unabridged) My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Unabridged)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.2 • 356 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

Brefosho ,

Still pondering about this book

I listened to this audiobook just a few weeks ago. It’s sat with me in my mind since finishing it. At first I thought I’d hate this book, but honestly I’m still thinking and pondering on it since finishing it!
It was strange. The main character was a hurt and broken person, but reasonably so. Her coldness towards people was jarring and I never got used to it. I was stunned by her. It was an interesting and unique book

BluePotential ,

3.5 rounded up to 4

Julia Whelan really can make any book instantly more engaging and interesting, truly one of my favorite readers.

caffeinated bobby ,

Good, but not enjoyable

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

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