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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 has written four previous books- McGlue (2014), Eileen, which was awarded the 2016 Pen/Hemingway Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Homesick for Another World (2017), and My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018), which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and will be filmed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the Oscar-winning director of The Favourite.


"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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