My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Written by:
Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by:
Julia Whelan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2018
7 hours 15 minutes
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon,Vice, Bustle, The New York Times, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

A New York Times Bestseller

“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound.” — Entertainment Weekly 

“Darkly hilarious . . . [Moshfegh’s] the kind of provocateur who makes you laugh out loud while drawing blood.” —Vogue

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.
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Loved this book. Dry, sardonic and a great listen. In the story, the protagonist, plagued by depression, spends all her energy acquiring medications to sleep away her life. As someone who has suffered from severe depression, I can relate to wanting to shut out the world. There were many laugh out loud and shocking moments. I have listened to this title at least three times. Julia Whelan is an amazing narrator as always. If you have a dry sense of humour, and need some escape, why not listen to the story of how one woman escaped her life for a year, sleeping it away, and how she was all the better for it.

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Fizza S.

Filled with negativity, waited for the climax and it was as quick to be over with than it took for the climax to come....the climax did take the LONGEST TO COME-definitely have to be of sound mind and body to listen to this to because the character lacks positivity almost completely the entire book. Trying so hard not to spoil it, if you want check it out from the library.

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Janet S.

Well, I wanted to like this but as a medical professional, the amount of drugs the main character used to “sleep” would kill a horse. I just didn’t get it! The crazy psychiatrist, & her friend Reva stole the show! Bizarre. Go read something else!

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