In Ottessa Moshfegh's new novel, a woman tries to sleep for a whole year to erase her past

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In the novel “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” the main character is a young woman living in Manhattan. For one year, she wants to sleep as much as possible. She ingests an impressive amount of pharmaceutical drugs. She sets her bills on autopay, quickly feeds herself between periods of sleep, and tries to distance herself from her only friend -- another young woman with psychological problems.