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Ottessa Moshfegh's Top Books Set in the City that Never Sleeps

July, 2018
Ottessa Moshfegh

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In the unsettling and darkly humorous My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a young woman in pre-9/11 New York City who seems to have it all going for her (she's pretty, has a hip job at an art gallery, and has a paid-for Upper East Side apartment) decides to check out of life and enter into a drug-addled, self-imposed hibernation with the help of a truly terrible psychiatrist and an ever-evolving medicine cabinet of prescription medications.

Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of the novel Eileen and the short story collection Homesick for Another World. For her latest book, she says she was influenced by some notable novels set in New York City. Below she's sharing her essential Big Apple reading list.

"New York City can be heaven or it can be hell, but it's always interesting—drama erupts on every corner, egos smash like clockwork, and the petty and profound can comingle in a single moment. I lived in New York for a decade and set my new novel there because it is both a microcosm of the modern world and a completely peculiar thing unto itself; life just feels bigger there, perhaps because the city itself is so self-aggrandizing. These are my favorite books set in New York City," says Moshfegh.

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"This book was hugely influential in My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Although I wasn't writing a hard-line satire narrated by a blood-hungry psychopath, the genius of the narration made me wonder whether every literary narrator is psychopathic in his or her singlemindedness."


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"The delicate humor, masterful restraint, and delicious subtlety in this novel about a single woman in Victorian New York made me rage with envy, especially the opening scene in Grand Central Station. Published in 1905, the book still feels hilariously radical in that its protagonist's search for a husband is utterly unromantic: She's going broke."


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"I discovered this book halfway through writing My Year of Rest and Relaxation and immediately read it to make sure I hadn't unintentionally ripped it off—luckily this story begins with 9/11, and mine ends with it. I don't think I'd trust anyone but DeLillo to use 9/11 as a point of departure without overwrought sentimentalism, but this novel is really about the spectacle of terrorism at large."


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"This novel-as-monologue delivered to the narrator's shrink is one of the funniest portraits of male neuroticism I've ever read; the narrator spurns New York intellectuals and himself in the process. The self-indulgence is so rich, it glitters."


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"Harlem is the backdrop for this rallying cry of a novel that would read as cruel surrealism if it didn't so brilliantly reflect the true absurdity of racist hysteria. Ellison reminds me that vanity is a curse on the heart of a writer."


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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary GOOD TASTE!!! Can't wait to read your book.


message 2: by Leela (new)

Leela Devi Interesting choice, some I have read, some not.

Been reading even more interesting - a partial biography of yours on the New Yorker. Your books yet to read. Thank you.


message 3: by ciel (new)

ciel I adored Eileen and can't wait for your new novel. This is a great list. Falling Man was an incredible read (and my first DeLillo). There are other books here that I've been meaning to read for a while (looking at you American Psycho and Invisible Man). Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!


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