My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

My attraction to this book lies in the title. Wouldn’t we all love a year of rest and relaxation? We would finally wake up rested and refreshed and ready to take on the world. What I wouldn’t do for just a couple nights of deep, uninterrupted sleep let alone a whole year!

Our protagonist has figured out a fancy cocktail of pills and put herself to bed. She’s planned it all out, having the bills paid automatically, put her one friend on notice and found the perfect therapist to keep her pills coming on a regular basis. With her VCR loaded she watches old movies until she can drift off.

When she awakes, she walks down the block to the 24 hour bodega for coffee and a snack. What she doesn’t know however is that sometimes she goes places and buys things without any recollection of doing so. She’s in a drug induced sleep walk. She devises a plan to keep that in check as well.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is crazy and quirky. I would never go to the great lengths this character did to get a good year’s worth of sleep but I’m jealous she was able to pull it off. This novel is weird but in its own way kind of fun, well written, and entertaining. Just don’t read it before bed!


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