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My Year of Rest and Relaxation


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The second novel by the Man Booker-shortlisted US enfant terrible

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Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from Boston. She was awarded the Plimpton Prize for her stories in The Paris Review and granted a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book, the novella, McGlue, was recently published by Vintage. Her novel Eileen was awarded the 2016 Pen/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her collection of stories, Homesick for Another World, was published in 2017.


"The book that everybody's talking about... I read it and was entranced." * The Times *
"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. " -- Isabel Dexter * Elle *
"The superabundantly talented...Moshfegh's sentences are piercing and vixenish... she is always a deep pleasure to read." * New York Times *
"My Year of Rest and Relaxation is whip-smart, continuously compelling, and acerbic in all the right ways." * Daily Telegraph *
"Electrifying... [Moshfegh] is adept at crafting compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity... Moshfegh's protagonist is an unlikely revolutionary." * Vanity Fair *
"A relentlessly savage fable of privilege and pain... While we're laughing, we feel disgust. It's a combination that makes for diamond-hard entertainment." * Guardian *
"Darkly hilarious... [Moshfegh's] the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood." * Vogue, **Must-Read Books of 2018** *
"[My Year of Rest and Relaxation is] a laugh-out-loud page-turner... it's also the best 9/11 novel I've read." -- Emily Wilson * Times Literary Supplement **Books of the Year 2018** *
"Moshfegh's blackly funny new novel... [hits] multiple marks at once: as an art-school prank, a between-the-lines tale of displaced grief and a pitiless anatomy of gender injustice, it also offers... a dark state-of-America fable." -- Anthony Cummins * Observer *
"Ottessa Moshfegh's unnerving and compelling new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation... percussively hammered out in her flawless, rhythmic prose... concludes with a startlingly, unexpectedly beautiful passage... radical, urgent, and more painfully wise than perhaps we would like to admit." -- Sam Byers * Times Literary Supplement *

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