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Ottessa Moshfegh

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Made possible by the Drue Heinz Trust

Homesick for Another World will scorch you like a blowtorch.”

John Waters, The New York Times Book Review

“I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book. Simultaneously, I’m shocked and scandalized. She’s brilliant, this young woman.”

David Sedaris

A celebrated new literary voice, Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and her short stories in The Paris Review awarded the Plimpton Prize. She writes her new novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation with dark humor, tenderness, and compassion.

National Endowment for the Arts fellow Moshfegh was garlanded with critical acclaim when Eileen was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and then won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her short story collection Homesick for Another World was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

“If Shirley Jackson and Mary Gaitskill had a literary daughter, it might be Ottessa Moshfegh, whose unnerving debut is sure to garner attention.”


Book Signing

Join us in the Music Hall Foyer after the lecture to get your book signed or personalized. Classic Lines will have books for sale.

Presented with support from University of Pittsburgh Honors College

Funding for this lecture was provided by the John H. Fox Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation Book Cover


Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.


Student Tickets for $10
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Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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