Book Club is a monthly ritual of personal growth and connectivity at Lunya. It began as an exercise amongst the Lunya team. They loved it so much that it quickly expanded to include nearby companies, and has now grown into a fantastic opportunity for them to engage with their broader community.

To take this ritual to the next level, we've partnered with Lunya to bring you Books Before Bed, a thoughtfully curated monthly read that will challenge you to put down the cell phone and use your time before bed to think deeply.

You can now join the Lunya Book Club wherever you are by reading our monthly pick right along with us. Follow @lunya + @strandbookstore and make sure to visit the Lunya blog for the latest Books Before Bed updates.

*If you're local to NY, please visit us in The Bedroom NY for Books Before Bed IRL, where Strand will facilitate a monthly discussion (with a nightcap, of course) on the current read.

Book of the Month

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

by Ottessa Moshfegh

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel 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.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

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