My Year of Rest and Relaxation Read-Alikes

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Are you waiting for My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh? Did you just finish it and want something similar? Look no further! Enjoy these read-alike selections harvested from the staff of the First Floor, New and Featured Department at Main. There’s something here for (hopefully) everyone.

Care of Wooden Floors

Oskar, an obsessive-compulsive flat owner, leaves his friend in charge of taking care of his home and belongings, including his cat and his expensive hardwood floors, while he is away.

Eileen

The title character is unlikeable and filled with self-loathing; she is pitiable, disturbed and repulsive. Also, strangely fascinating. So, here’s a page turner with a deeply compelling character study.

Girls

The series focuses on a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering.

Harold and Maude

Counter-cultural director Hal Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian.

Look at Me

Model Charlotte Swenson returns to Manhattan after recovering from a devastating car accident in her Illinois hometown. She finds that she can’t restart her career and floats invisibly through the New York fashion world.

The Safe House

In Paris’s exclusive Saint-Germain neighborhood is a mansion. In that mansion lives a family. Deep in that mansion. The Bolts are that family, and they have secrets. The Safe House tells their story.

Self-Help

An anthology of ten short stories focuses on women who are on the brink of loneliness–their mothers are dying, their husbands and lovers are leaving them–and who face their disappointments with anxiety laced with ironic humor.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette doesn’t quite fit the mold of her Seattle neighbors, particularly the other moms at her daughter Bee’s private school. She’s very outspoken with her opinions, but she’s less open about her past and why she left it behind.  When Bernadette vanishes after a disastrous school function, Bee undertakes an investigation of her mom’s disappearance, piecing together clues from Bernadette’s emails and other correspondence.

The Woman in White

The mysterious appearance of a woman dressed in all white leads to the discovery of a complicated plot involving a stolen inheritance.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

An intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel that is at once a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood.