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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
A Novel
By (author): Ottessa Moshfegh
9780525522133 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jun 25, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.09 x 7.74 x 0.77 in 304 pages Penguin Two Penguin Books
From one of our boldest, most celebrated literary voices, a shocking and tender novel and a New York Times bestseller.

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.

Story Locale: New York City

A CRITICAL TRIUMPH: Spotted on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, in Sarah Jessica Parker’s hand on a red carpet, and at the top of the July 2018 IndieNext list (with 52 nominations), the hardcover took the summer by storm.

A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH FROM ONE OF OUR MOST CELEBRATED WRITERS: This is Ottessa Moshfegh’s best and most important book yet. And that’s no small thing: Eileen was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Homesick for Another World was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and was selected for multiple Best of the Year lists.

OPTIONED FOR FILM: My Year was enthusiastically optioned by Margot Robbie, and Eileen and McGlue are also being adapted for film.

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Boston, MA

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Praise for My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“[A] darkly comic and ultimately profound new novel…Moshfegh’s extraordinary prose soars as it captures her character’s re-engagement.” —New York Times Book Review

“Nothing less than a revelation: sad, funny, astonishing, and unforgettable.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Ottessa Moshfegh is easily the most interesting contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive when being alive feels terrible. She has a freaky and pure way of accessing existential alienation, as if her mind were tapped directly into the sap of some gnarled, secret tree.” —The New Yorker

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