My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh

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Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Duration: 7 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, read by Julia Whelan.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2019

FROM THE MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF EILEEN


THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy... My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a non-negotiable in your holiday carry-on this summer' Vogue

It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend.

Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate – dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 – My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Social issues, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Satirical fiction & parodies, 'Street' fiction

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Electrifying... [Moshfegh] is adept at crafting compelling female characters who violate the rules of femininity... Moshfegh’s protagonist is an unlikely revolutionary.

Vanity Fair

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

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.

Elle

The book that everybody’s talking aboutI read it and was entranced.