A young pill popper sleepwalks through a ‘Year of Rest and Relaxation’

The novel feels neither funny nor wise.” hints Ottessa Moshfegh’s deceptively titled novel shows she is a master of detail, and also a keen observer of the social norms her main character goes to extremes to avoid.Ping Xi is a shock jock of the art world, cynically pushing the limits for the money and attention it brings.She has collected grants and awards, and her previous novel, “Eileen,” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.Reva is the woman trying to meet society’s norms for slimness, beauty and romance, which her “friend” — quote marks needed — is determined to avoid.

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