Download My Year of Rest and Relaxation Audiobook

My Year of Rest and Relaxation Audiobook, by Ottessa Moshfegh Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9780525524311
3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $20.95 Add to Cart
— or —
BEST PRICE!
FlexPass™ Price: $17.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

The New York Times bestseller.

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. Download and start listening now!

cfpp

Quotes & Awards

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

    Vogue

  • “You’ll emerge from this darkly hilarious novel not necessarily rested or relaxed but more finely attuned to how delicately fraught the human condition can be.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Darkly comic…Moshfegh’s extraordinary prose soars as it captures her character’s re-engagement.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation is as sharp as its heroine is bleary…Bizarrely fascinating…Moshfegh knows how to spin perversity and provocation into fascination and bleakness into surprising tenderness.”

    NPR

  • “A darkly comic yet penetrating story about pain, destruction, and human connection.”

    Bustle

  • “Moshfegh has a keen sense of everyday absurdities, a deadpan delivery, and such a well-honed sense of irony that the narrator’s predicament never feels tragic; this may be the finest existential novel not written by a French author…A nervy modern-day rebellion tale that isn’t afraid to get dark or find humor in the darkness.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Paris Review Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer whose first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. 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. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in the Paris Review, 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.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.