Review 1371: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh is good at creating unappealing characters, and the narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation is no exception. From a privileged background, pretty and with no need to work, she inwardly mocks everything, including her only friend, Reva. Depressed by the deaths of her cold parents and by being dumped by her cruel boyfriend, Trevor, she decides that she wants to sleep her way into a new life. So, she loads up with a cocktail of prescription drugs, supplied by her batty, pill-pushing psychiatrist.

This novel can be darkly funny, mostly in a cruel poking at Reva’s social ambitions or other characters’ taste, but also poking fun at the modern art scene. Still, I found it both oddly fascinating and distasteful, despite a more positive ending.

This novel is set in the early 2000’s and works its way resolutely to 9/11.

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4 thoughts on “Review 1371: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  1. Davida Chazan July 11, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Hm… oddly fascinating? Hm… not sure. Thanks though!

    • whatmeread July 11, 2019 / 3:55 pm

      Definitely not one of my favorites, though.

      • Davida Chazan July 12, 2019 / 12:08 am

        I kind of picked that up from what you said (or more for what you didn’t say)!

  2. Naomi July 12, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    I have enjoyed both of Moshfegh’s novels. I like the complete weirdness of them. I wouldn’t want to read weird books all the time, but they liven things up every once in a while. 🙂

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