By Gregory Bertrand Copy Editor
As people around the world experience lay-offs and a reduction in hours, most of us, whether by choice or government policies, are stuck in our homes for the foreseeable future.
As a result, and in an effort to stay productive and even thrive, a routine, coupled with a few distractions, is needed. However, what happens after you run out of things to watch on Netflix? Most sports are completely canceled, and you can only listen to so many podcasts before you drive yourself sick.
Well, if your New Year’s resolution was to read more, now is the time. If you have been missing from the literary scene for some time, here are eight books curated by Polo Lifestyles' Copy Editor Gregory Bertrand to catch you up on what is going on in modern fiction.
“My Year of Rest and Relaxation” By Ottessa Moshfeg
The unnamed narrator of this uncomfortably hilarious novel is in a period of self-isolation… or, at least, that is what she’s trying to do.
She is an upper-middle-class WASP living in New York City off her family’s trust fund, and after losing her job at an art gallery, she resolves to sleep for an entire year, to “reset her life”. With the help of a less than stellar psychiatrist and enough sedative medication to sedate dozens of wild animals, our narrator leaves one world and a set of problems for something new entirely.
Winner of the 2016 Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award for her novel, “Eileen,” which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in the same year, Moshfeg is a notorious writer on the literary scene. The imagery in her fiction can often tread on the gross side, and her look at female characters and their femininity runs counter to what society tells us a woman should be like. “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” is a must-read for any introvert but can be enjoyed by anyone.