New Book by Iranian-American Booker Prize nominee due
Publish Date : Sunday 8 July 2018 - 17:18
IBNA- The novel, ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Iranian-American writer Ottessa Moshfegh a Man Booker nominee for her ‘Eileen’ (2015) will be available soon.
According to IBNA
correspondent quoting from the New York Times
, the young novelist Ottessa Moshfegh
’s works is a darkly comic novel which concerns itself with a miserable woman in her mid-20s seeking “great transformation.”
The narrator of ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’
is 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?
This unnamed narrator, however, takes a vastly different approach: She plans to spend a year sleeping. “Sleep felt productive,” she tells the reader. “Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart — this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then — that when I’d slept enough, I’d be O.K. I’d be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories.”
Ottessa Moshfegh was born in 1981 from an Iranian father and a Croatian mother who were both musicians. Her debut novel, Eileen, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a fiction finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award