Thoughts by Ottessa Moshfegh, Penguin Press 2018, 289 pages
Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit
Type/Source: Hard cover, Library
What It’s About: A 20-something female devastated by both her grief and the lack of emotional response to the death of her parents tries to sleep her way back to a sense of self. She finds the best and worst of psychiatrists whacky enough to prescribe her any assortment of drug cocktails to allow withdrawal from her life. She has one friend she treats miserably, an ex-boyfriend who she allows to treat her miserably, and a miserable job at an art gallery. She loses that job by taking too many sleep breaks in the broom closet. This job does introduce her to some interesting people, one of which sparks her to the one idea: an art project that just might restore her to the fresh start she seeks.
“Like dropping a pie on the floor as soon as you pull it out of the oven.”
Thoughts: I am glad to have read this. One of those books that you are glad to say ‘yep, I read that’ maybe more than the enjoyment of actually reading of it. The character’s decisions sure made my heart race – like watching someone stand on the edge of a cliff, or on the railing of a high bridge, then doing a pirouette.
Thoughts: Moshfegh is a talented writer. VERY talented.
Rating: Four slices of pie.
“I tried to picture Anthony Michael Hall making an appearance, maybe as the neighbor’s kid coming to pay his condolences with a pie or a casserole.”
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8 thoughts on “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
She is a unique author. I listened to this one and read a few others. Eileen was my favorite so far .
Cool. Don’t know when I’ll get to it, but I hope to read Eileen.
This was on my list for the longest time but I can’t get a feel for its purpose. Is there one?
Purpose? like a morality tale? no more than most books. But, I don’t know… The writing is excellent, the characterization is amazing – especially or despite being at all likable. It’s about grief and loneliness and privilege and just wanting sleep – some wonderful soul-restoring SLEEP. In a world that might be too depraved to survive in. Read gr reviews (5 star) by a LauraBeth and there’s one by Paul (in my friends list) – excellent reviews.
Isn’t this an interesting book? I absolutely did not like the main character and the things she did but I was a compelling read.
Absolutely! The writing is just SO GOOD.
I keep thinking I need to give this one a try. You might have convinced me!