May Book Club: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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New York Pizza Pub

4340 W 35th Ave · Denver, CO

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Hey readers! We have our book for May. We are reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. This book was selected by me. :-)

Goodreads describes this book as contemporary fiction with an emphasis on mental health.

The book takes place in New York City so we will meet at a great New York pizza place in the Tennyson area, New York Pizza Pub. This book currently has a 3.70 rating on Goodreads.

Here is a description.

A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. 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. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate – dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 – this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers working at the height of her powers.

Happy reading. See you in May. I am very much looking forward to the discussion.