IBNA- ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’, a novel by Iranian-American writer Ottessa Moshfegh’s is among the six titles shortlisted for the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting from the Guardian, the exploration of gender is a key theme on the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize.
Launched in 2009, the prize is an annual award, open to new works of fiction or non-fiction. To be eligible for entry, a book should have a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. This can cover many genres of writing – including crime, romance, popular science, sci-fi and history.
‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ has been described by Time as a story about a sharp, beautiful, privileged — and deeply unhappy — woman in her early 20s who employs the most ethics-immune psychiatrist in New York City to help her sleep for a year, hoping she’ll emerge reborn.
Moshfegh, the author of 2015’s award-winning Eileen, is the rare talent capable of inventing so strange and claustrophobic a premise. From it, she spins a darkly funny tale of heartache and redemption.
The other nominees include: ‘Amateur: A reckoning with gender, identity and masculinity’ by Thomas Page McBee (US); ‘Heart: A history by Sandeep Jauhar’ (India/US); ‘Murmur’ by Will Eaves (UK); ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh (US) and ‘The Trauma Cleaner: One woman’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster’ by Sarah Krasnostein (Australia/US).
The winner will be revealed at an evening ceremony on 1st May at the Wellcome Collection in central London.