Elliott Bay Book Company Capitol Hill
Fri July 13, 7 pm
Recommended by Rich Smith
At one point in your life, you have likely said, "I just want to live under a rock and hibernate for a year." You probably haven't followed through on that wish, but that's the difference between you and Ottessa Moshfegh's wealthy, young, New York City protagonist. In My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her main character holes up in her apartment, takes tons of prescription drugs, and sleeps as often as she can. When a famous artist catches wind of her decision to clock out for a year, shit really starts getting weird. In this novel, and in general, Moshfegh is darkly funny and unsparing in her critiques of human behavior, and ultimately just a really fun and nervy writer to read. Her last book, Eileen, was short-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, and this one might get similar treatment.