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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
My Year of Rest and Relaxation | Ottessa Moshfegh
A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate – dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 – this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers working at the height of her powers.
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Expandingbookshelf
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Harbor views 💜⛵️🤗

Erinreadsthebooks I love that book! 1w
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book but alas I was left unsatisfied. Yes, it‘s thought provoking and beautifully written but the drudgery of reading through the numbness, pain and isolation was tiresome. And the realist in me couldn‘t accept what the narrator was doing to herself without any physical harm ( it just didn‘t add up) I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to HATE McGlue if this is considered Moshfegh‘s best work 🙄

shawnmooney 😍😍😍 One can always hope that she started out with her masterpiece and went downhill from there, hey? :-) 2w
Flaneurette I agree- the heavy 9/11 foreshadowing and the utterly unbelievable ending irked me to no end! I just didn't buy her “enlightenment“ if that's what you want to call it!
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Cinfhen Thank you @Flaneurette for backing me up!!! I didn‘t buy her “rebirth” either 🙄 2w
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Cinfhen Well since you pinky swore to not bail @shawnmooney I‘m gonna suck it up too!! And maybe my low expectations will serve me well 2w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen @shawnmooney I liked Eileen, so who knows? 😆 2w
CarolynM I liked the writing in Eileen but found the story very unconvincing so I've stayed away from this one. Think I made the right decision. 2w
Cinfhen If you want to give it a go, I‘ll send you my copy @CarolynM You might get more out of it then I did. 2w
Cathythoughts I really loved this one & Eileen. Both 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
CarolynM Thanks for the offer, you're very generous, but I think I'll pass. There are too many other books here waiting to be read😬 2w
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Cinfhen
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I needed a little rest from our narrator, her negativity is slightly exhausting but I‘m curious to see where this story is heading.

Reviewsbylola That cover though! 🙌🏻 1w
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CorinnaBechko
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Pickpick

I love that I get to listen to books while working. This one was a perfect juxtaposition to actively loving what you're doing while hearing the story.

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Cinfhen
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In preparation for my upcoming #McGlueThreeWay with @LeahBergen and @shawnmooney I‘m wetting my feet with this Moshfegh 💕So far, I‘m smitten 🥰

jhod What is #McGluethreeway?! 2w
jhod I loved this book. Also recently read this which is similar and great 2w
Cinfhen I‘m planning on reading the novella McGlue with @shawnmooney @LeahBergen and #McGlueThreeWay is the hashtag for our buddy read @jhod BTW: your tagged book sounds really disturbing... in the best way possible❣️Thanks for sharing 😁 (edited) 2w
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L_auren Love this book! McGlue is the only Moshfegh I DNF'd (after giving her novels 5 stars twice) so I'll be interested to see what you think 2w
LeahBergen Weird! I have no notifications that you tagged me here. 🤔 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve been missing lots of notifications too @LeahBergen 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
Blaire Hope you love it! I found it impossible to put down. So strange and so compelling. 2w
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Perfect word choice @Blaire strange & compelling!!!! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m really absorbed by the nameless narrator @L_auren although I found a few sentences passive/aggressive in the author‘s characterization of NY Jews. I guess I‘m a little hyper sensitive but some of her descriptions were a little too cringy for me. 2w
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Cinfhen
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I totally forgot I pre-ordered this paperback from #BookDepository 🥳🥳 #BookMail Can‘t wait to read this one💜I think I pre-ordered Crawdads too🤷‍♀️

TrishB Not read this one but did like Crawdads 👍🏻 2w
Cathythoughts I liked this one & Crawdads too 👍🏻♥️ 2w
GatheringBooks nice!!! i am still waiting (in vain) for my review copy of this one (from my fave distributor) to be sent to me. 😂😭🤣🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 2w
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Rissreads I‘m interested to hear what you think! 2w
Cinfhen Only about 20 pages in @Rissreads and I‘ve already snorted twice. I like the tone of our narrator #Snark 2w
Rissreads 😆🤣 2w
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batsy
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? "Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball, don't stop me now" ? Don't stop this narrator from her sleep fest; it's how she has a good time ?

#dontstopmenow #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Tanisha_A Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Love it 2w
Cinfhen My copy arrived today!!! I‘m excited to read this one 😊 2w
Centique I love sleep so much that I‘m hoping I‘ll like this book too 😋 2w
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JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A @JoScho ❤️❤️ 2w
batsy @Cinfhen Ooh, nice! 2w
batsy @Centique I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons I loved it 😂 2w
saresmoore Hahaha! Way to spin it! 2w
Cathythoughts That‘s brilliant Suba 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha! Love this! 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 😁 2w
youneverarrived 😂😂 I need to read this one. 2w
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 Best use of the prompt! 🙌🏼🏆 2w
batsy @youneverarrived @rohit-sawant Thank you for indulging my silliness 😆❤️ The book itself–smart and compelling and not silly! 2w
readordierachel Clever 😉😆 2w
Suet624 When my four kids were growing up, naps were a way for me to escape the noise and tumult. It was a true pleasure. :)
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Mitch
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Ottessa‘s top ten. Back to the Future made the shortlist!

https://www.artforum.com/print/201905/ottessa-moshfegh-79509

JamieArc I loved this! 2w
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CorinnaBechko
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Listening to this while at work is odd.

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executivespooky
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Started this last night. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I like it!

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

This book felt so very true. I experience the same existential dread as the main character every once in a while. I liked

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emilyhaldi
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So last year, I was in the midst of reading the tagged book, and was trying to describe the plot to my husband. He wanted to know if I was reading a non fiction account of Cat Markell... to which I replied, who the hell is that I must know more about her! After some time down a google wormhole, here I am with Marnell‘s memoir. Turns out, her story is shockingly similar to Moshfegh‘s wild narrative. 💊💊💊
#rehab #anglophileapril

britt_brooke Oh wow, curious about this one now! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t heard of this one before. Did you like it? 1mo
emilyhaldi I haven‘t read it yet but I will keep you posted 😉 @britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola 1mo
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Cinfhen Hmmmm, need to check out your hubby‘s recommendation 💜 1mo
Mdargusch I‘ve never heard of either book 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
readordierachel Interesting! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Interesting to know! 1mo
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Talewaggingreads
Pickpick

Rating this a pick even though I had a mind bending love/hate relationship with almost every aspect of this book. A sucker for brilliant writing, I pushed on despite the anxiety that swirled about me. Comic relief came to the rescue, and onward I read. Sleep will never be the same. 😴😫😴

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LizzieVT
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Read this book recently and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is more of a character study (or a generation study?) than a plot-driven book. The main character is a thoroughly unpleasant person, someone who is narcissistic and doesn‘t seem to have much love for any of the people she knows - but this was, actually, a bit of a relief. The protagonist does not claim to be likeable, and yet, her story captivates you.

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MrsMalaprop
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Gratuitous inclusion of a pistachio crumbed dark choc coated orange eaten while finishing this novel.

This was clever and depressing and funny and nothing. It‘s a ‘pick‘ and I‘m scratching my head. And now I just want to sleeeep 😴😴😴.

@Rissreads #buddyread

Cinfhen I preordered the paperback last week …for some reason the cover and title really speak to me 😁 1mo
Rissreads @Cinfhen great book, weird but satisfying! I love the cover too! 1mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop do share! So where can I get me one of those? 🍊🍫 I have another of her books on my shelf it was shortlisted for the Man booker in 2016. (edited) 1mo
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Cathythoughts I loved it & especially the ending 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
MrsMalaprop @rissreads @Cinfhen I agree Nerissa. As bleak as her situation was, I didn‘t want to stop reading! And the dark choc oranges are from Nosh in Vic Park. They are made (chocolate and all) here in Perth. A favourite guilty pleasure of mine that I am oft gifted by my family 😋. 1mo
MrsMalaprop @Cathythoughts Yes, that was quite an ending! 1mo
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PixieDust
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I often wish I could just sleep all my troubles away, this is a story about a woman that actually managed to do that. It‘s strange and made me take a good long hard look at myself. It‘s funny disgusting and not what you expect from a story, it doesn‘t have an easy resolution. The final page of this book DESTROYED me!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS

nikirtehsuxlol Girl, same. 1mo
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nikirtehsuxlol
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Pickpick

This book is not for everyone, but this book was for me.

Erinreadsthebooks It was for me, too! Loved it! 🙌 1mo
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Rissreads
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Pickpick

Well I must have liked this book because I felt for the main character and cared about what she was doing to herself. I found myself yelling at her ‘Nooooooo! Stop!‘ quiet often. This book was a trip and so funny in places, especially the ‘so called‘ psychiatrist who was bat shit crazy! 🤣
It references Whoopi Goldberg a lot and I kept wondering if she has read it.
As my Mum always says “Money doesn‘t make you happy.” I‘m glad it ended with hope.

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MrsMalaprop
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@Rissreads @LapReader & anyone else who‘d care to join us on this #buddyread 🤗📚.

Starting this properly today. Finding myself lol in a cafe. Dr Tuttle #wtf!? 😂😭

Rissreads I know hilarious right! 🤣 2mo
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Rissreads
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This book is hilarious one minute, 🤣🤣🤣 The main characters dreams (Pg 60-62) and her conversations with her parents! (Pg 67/68)
And then the next page it‘s so devastatingly sad! 😩😩😩

@MrsMalaprop
@LapReader
#buddyread

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MrsMalaprop
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You ready for this by any chance @Rissreads ? #currentlyreading #buddyread

MrsMalaprop Should‘ve said, any others out there like to join me/us in a #buddyread? 😊 2mo
Rissreads Yep! I‘m in! I will have started by the weekend. Just finishing my bookclub book. 👍 2mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Excellent 😁. 2mo
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LapReader Me please. 2mo
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BBooks
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Had to bail, found it depressing especially on the drive to work in bumper to bumper traffic. I want to sleep all day for months but not the hole I want.to fall into especially with spring 🌸 afoot

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nikirtehsuxlol
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⚰️⚰️⚰️ #escapism

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deneb
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Pickpick

The main has an irreverent voice, and is often hard to take, but I could not put it down. I needed to complete this with her., whatever the outcome. This book is quite an accomplishment.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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I‘ve mainly heard the protagonist is horrible but people “liked the book anyway.” It‘s reading well so far. #overduelibrarybooks

Lylah I liked the book because the protagonist was horrible? It‘s more of a satirical character study than anything. 2mo
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hanseatic
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This book absolutely absorbed me. I couldn't get enough of this nameless narrator. Her crazy psychiatrist is probably the funniest character I've encountered in a while. Despite all the dark humor that can be found in this book it's also got a deep quality and to me foreshadows the age of millenials, where instead of numbing ourselves with sleeping pills we immerse ourselves in a second life of likes and fake love.

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bedandabook
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A gut-punching novel, that will shock and absorb you at the same time. I laughed out loud and felt bereft to have finished it. A unique and urgent voice in modern literature. Easily five ⭐️ from me.

Cathythoughts Loved it too 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Theaelizabet Had exactly the same reaction. Avoided this book for months due to the synopsis, but finally gave in after it appeared on so many “best of” lists. Glad I did. 2mo
bedandabook I avoided it because of the synopsis too, @Theaelizabet. I‘ve now hastily put Eileen at the top of my TBR, having owned it for years. Have you read that? 2mo
Theaelizabet @bedandbook Not yet, but it‘s on my TBR (I hear it‘s a tough read) and I‘m really looking forward to her next book. 2mo
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Sweettartlaura
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This is not an easy book to fall into. Still...
I found myself concerned about Her, sympathetic to her.
What I loved about it is its parallel to The Awakening. At the end of it, I thought, Edna doesn‘t want to die - she wants to swim to a place and time that doesn‘t exist yet. It seems our narrator gets away with what Edna didn‘t. After a lifetime of relationships she happens into, she finally makes choices. And she finds the beauty in that.

batsy That's a great observation about its parallel to The Awakening. 2mo
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @batsy 😊. I also think this book is making a comment on our mental health system: there is no place to go if/when you need to check out for a while, especially after grief. It‘s a shame - I suspect more people need it than just this character. 2mo
batsy Great point! I agree completely. There is nowhere to retreat but inward and I think it's a commentary on that sense of alienation 💔 2mo
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BlameJennyJane
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Mehso-so

The expression on the face of this woman is how I feel about this book. Moshfegh is a brilliant writer- hands down one of my favorites. But I struggle with unlikeable characters and there wasn‘t a single one in this book... unless you count the numerous references to Whoopi Goldberg.

staci.reads Your first line 😂😂 2mo
nikirtehsuxlol I‘m currently reading! 2mo
BlameJennyJane @nikirtehsuxlol I‘ll be curious to hear what you think. The writing is just so brilliant and it‘s one of those novels where nothing really happens and I barely noticed that. But the main character... 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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hanseatic
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Really excited about reading this book, which is our current book club read.

#shereads #bookclub

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jhod
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Completely coincidently the two books I'm reading concurrently are both about New York life and excesses, 15 years apart. They're both fantastic!

Cathythoughts I loved the Moshfegh... must look up the other one 👍🏻 2mo
gradcat Thanks for reminding me of “Bright Lights”...those were the days of the brat pack writers: McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz, Jill Eisenstadt & Donna Tartt—those were the days! 😂 2mo
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KendallMorganHall
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I‘m halfway through this book and I‘ve already purchased all of her other books 📚🤦‍♀️👍 Her narrative style is so crisp and her voice so unique. I‘m absolutely loving and savouring this book. Premise: a young woman with seemingly everything going for her decides to drop out of life and sleep as much as she can for a year with the aid of prescription pills given to her by a shady doctor.

Erinreadsthebooks One of my very favorites!! I love her! 2mo
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Sweettartlaura
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I love it when books mention places I know 🥰. I spent a lot of my teenaged years here 👆🏻

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Sweettartlaura
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Ohhhh, Ottessa... it‘s been too long - I‘ve missed you 😏

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BlameJennyJane
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Quite possibly, the narrator of this one is the most ridiculous woman in modern literature. Ugh. She annoys the living shit out of me. But that just further demonstrates how truly brilliant Moshfegh‘s writing is. I don‘t remember ever loving a book so much while being so irritated by the alleged protagonist. 🤯

AmyG Hahahaha right? 3mo
BlameJennyJane @AmyG I‘ve mentally called her bad names several times. 🤣 3mo
nikirtehsuxlol I have this from the library. I need to start reading it bc I‘m sure it has holds on it! Is it a fast read or a little bit of a battle to get through 2mo
BlameJennyJane @nikirtehsuxlol it‘s actually pretty fast! I‘m listening to the Audible but it isn‘t very long compared to what I‘m used to and moves swiftly. I‘ve heard other readers say nothing really happens... kind of like Seinfeld... but it does move right along. I haven‘t felt a stall yet! 2mo
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nienke_beeking
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Someone is living this title... I‘m kind of jealous here! In the meantime, I‘m enjoying this peculiar but seductive novel.

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msubhasi76
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Pickpick

So many drugs. Interesting time to be 20 around 1999-2001.

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Jocelyn73c
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I had a really fun girls night this week where we went to hear Ottessa Moshfegh speak and got some books signed! It was a blast!

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TheLibrarian
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Last night I got to hear the wonderful Ottessa Moshfegh speak. Sadly I left my phone at home so I didn‘t get a picture but remembered to bring my 2 books to get signed.

Erinreadsthebooks 😍🙌🏼🎉 3mo
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Tanisha_A
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In order to find a new spirit for life, the protagonist goes to sleep for a year by continually consuming a cocktail of meds prescribed by the worst psychiatrist you could ever come across. Having received no love from parents, a messed up romantic relationship, & a friend who's not really a friend, this blackly humorous (it's hilarious, really!) tale will provide enough fodder to think (feel privileged or not) about the people surrounding us.

Tanisha_A @butterfinger Here's the full view of the painting. :) 3mo
batsy Fab review! And it's funny how this painting captures the mysterious energy of the book 🧡 3mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Right? I was looking at it quite a few times while reading this book. Painted it last year in the art class. A friend and I title it The Psychedelic Zebra! 3mo
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Cathythoughts Great book ! Loved it 3mo
Cathythoughts That picture is perfectly strange 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts And you painted the picture... excellent! It would make a great cover for this book alright ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 💌! Haha, think that's a great idea. Should we write to Ms. Moshfegh then?! 😉 3mo
ju.ca.no Love the painting😍 3mo
Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no Thank you! 🤗 Did you send me a mail sometime back? I remember vaguely. 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A hmm I think last time I‘ve sent you something was around christmas🤔 3mo
Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no Woah! It hasn't made it to me. Any information through tracking? 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A urgh, no I‘ve sent it off as a letter, it wasn‘t that big... so no tracking. I guess that means it‘s lost🙄 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A in that case I will send something else your way somewhen soon😁 hopefully this time it will make its way to you😘 3mo
Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no I don't know what goes wrong with the postal system at times. So annoying! 😥 3mo
Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no Oh no, love! You are just so sweet. Also, I will be mailing your birthday gifts very soon. 💌 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A it is really not very reliable... but I can‘t just mail everything with tracking, it‘s too expensive... so I have to hope the things get there without it (as they should) but it is not the first time something doesn‘t arrive (or takes forever...) 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A oh that‘s very sweet😍😘 3mo
Tanisha_A @ju.ca.no I know. Same here, with tracking it's too expensive. I hope our postal systems get better. ☺️ 3mo
ju.ca.no @Tanisha_A me too! 3mo
Butterfinger @Tanisha_A thank you for remembering. I love it. 3mo
minkyb Another painting! Yeah!❣️ 3mo
Tanisha_A @minkyb Thank you! 🥰 3mo
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"I even made myself a cup of chamomile tea, the nauseating sweet smell wafting up from my chipped coffee cup like a hot diaper. This was supposed to be relaxing?" ?

Daisey I don‘t really care for chamomile, so this gave me a good laugh. 3mo
zsuzsanna_reads I know what you mean! It just reminds me of being ill as a child when I was made to inhale steam with chamomile in it. 3mo
Tanisha_A @Daisey Oh wait! I have ruined chamomile for some with this post, haven't I?! 🤦 3mo
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Tanisha_A @zsuzsanna_reads Hahaha! I still am having a hard time reconciling the two, but it sure was super funny. I bursted out laughing. 3mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Tanisha_A 😂😂😂 3mo
Suet624 Hot diaper! Wow. 3mo
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Tanisha_A
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This book is crazy and hilarious! I kid you not, with such lush descriptions of sleep and drugs, I fell asleep twice. TWICE. And I am only 21% through the book right now.

@batsy I think I am going to end up loving it. *insert strange look emoji*

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😂 Good luck!! 3mo
Tanisha_A @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! 🤣 Looks like i'll really need some of that. 3mo
batsy Hahaha! So ironic; I took this book to bed with me every night and it kept me anxious and awake 😆 3mo
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Tanisha_A @batsy Yep! I am loving the prose, the narrator - but feels like the meds are working on me just by reading about them and their effect on her 😂! 3mo
batsy Right, I can totally imagine that happening, too 😁 This book is just so strange and wonderful in the reactions it provokes. 3mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Utterly complicated! 😌 3mo
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tholmz
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Absolutely not what I expected but I really enjoyed this strange and sad and unfortunately relatable story. (Extra unnerving for me to read during this Seattle snowstorm because I‘ve spent a lot of time in bed lately.)

Reggie Or that you live in Seattle period. I hope you feel better. That doctor in here was soo nutso. I remember reading the part that she took that doctor on because she actually answered the phone. At 11 p.m. lol 3mo
tholmz @Reggie The doctor was a trip! And thank you! 3mo
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DimeryRene
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I was both relieved and irritated when Reva showed up, the way you'd feel if someone interrupted you in the middle of suicide.

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CoraHirashiki
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The quote is so long it spills onto the next page.

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