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OTTESSA MOSHFEGH reads from her new novel MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin Press)

In 2015, Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel, Eileen, bowled critics over with its dark, haunting portrayal of a young woman “painfully alive and human” (The Guardian); “One of the strangest, most messed-up, most pathetic—and yet, in her own inimitable way, endearing—misfits to come along in a while.” (Washington Post).

Eileen garnered Moshfegh a PEN Hemingway Award, an NBCC nomination, and a spot on the Man Booker shortlist. In 2017, she again wowed critics with her debut short story collection, Homesick for Another World, a book that “will scorch you like a blowtorch” (filmmaker John Waters); “There's not a story that's anything less than original and perfectly constructed” (NPR).

To say her star is on the rise is an understatement—and not quite accurate. She is most definitely already in the constellation. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, is the story of a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on a pharmaceutical-fueled extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists.

It’s the year 2000 in New York City, our narrator is a model-beautiful Columbia graduate living off her inheritance in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? In Moshfegh’s universe, plenty. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful year-long trip spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, the novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris ReviewThe New YorkerGranta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award.

Photo by Krystal Griffiths

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

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