This book is equally existential, literary and satirical. I often found my brain confused about whether to laugh, cry or cringe, which tended to result in a weird hybrid of all three. Moshfegh's originality is bar none, and her observant prose questions everything -- family, friendship, career, love, lust and life itself -- as our narrator quite literally tries to sleep away a year. Set in NYC in 2000, the impending 9/11 devastation looms closely and threatens the hope we hold for our dear nameless narrator.— Erica H.
This book is outrageous, hilarious, and a jolt to the system--the opposite of what our main character is after. I don't know how a book about someone wanting to sleep for a year is so compelling, but it feels somehow necessary and like I've needed it all along.— Tyler
Moshfegh's deft writing is beautiful and darkly and subtly comedic. She writes with grace and no one could do more with this uncomfortable material. Her Dr. Tuttle is a new high in low doctors and is a standout character in literature. A fascinating portrayal of emotional damage and contemporary quests for healing.— Barbette Houser
I LOVED this book. The whole thing felt like one long fever dream, where you lose sight of what is real and pull some of the worst memories from your past, praying your subconscious can deal with them instead of your waking brain. Moshfegh does an excellent job of calling Americans out on their devotion to their materialistic, superficial, capitalist-oriented lives. More than that though, she criticizes the self-care craze and the American health care system by bringing in characters that all make you shake your head and scream "WTF"! Read this book if you're ready for a ride - not a thriller but one that will leave you panting all the same.— Christy