Books on Tap - My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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Sitting Duck Tavern

3694 Main St · Stratford

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We usually meet upstairs at the Sitting Duck. If stairs aren't for you we can arrange to meet on the first floor just let us know.

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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.

RSVP for our Books on Tap discussion of Ottessa Moshfegh's “My Year of Rest and Relaxation.” Don't forget to stop by the library to borrow a copy of the book. We'll get settled, order food/drinks, and catch up with everyone at 7pm on Tuesday, March 26 at The Sitting Duck Tavern. Our book discussion starts at 7:30pm. Cheers!