My Year of Rest and Relaxation - The Chevalier's Chick-Chat

The Good. The Bad. The Beautiful.

When Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel Eileen was published in 2015, readers were delighted and surprised by the strength and unique power of Moshfegh’s voice. Critics declared "here is a writer who can do anything" (See this most intriguing interview with her in the New Yorker). Eileen, which was long listed for the Man Booker prize in 2016, was our July Book Club Pick and very popular among staff and customers alike.

Moshfegh's latest release, My Year of Rest and Relaxation has been selling like hot cakes. Every one of our staff members (well, nearly...ahem, Liz) has read this bright pink bestseller and for this week’s blog post, we thought it time to take stock and gather everyone’s opinion about the book. Have you read My Year of Rest and Relaxation? Let us know what you think about it!




We got an advance copy of R&R just when I had a bunch of stuff due. Needless to say, I missed a few deadlines because I DEVOURED this book. It’s sort of like watching a celebrity train wreck. The narrator was completely un-relatable to me—when I feel low, I tend to blame myself. The narrator (who never gets a name) is detached, cold and unapologetic, and she definitely doesn’t give a hoot what anyone thinks of her. The socially inept Eileen is more my style (she literally refers to herself as a ding-a-ling—how great is that?!). Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing is divinely, hilariously dark, and simply not to be missed. I suggest reading everything.