Demonology: Stories

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Little, Brown and Company, 2000 - Fiction - 306 pages
5 Reviews
These stories are abundant proof of Rick Moody's grace as a stylist and a shaper of interior lives. He writes with equal force about the blithe energies of youth ("Boys") and the rueful onset of middle age ("Hawaiian Night"), about midwestern optimists ("Double Zero") and West Coast strategists ("Baggage Carousel"), about visionary exhilaration ("Forecast from the Retail Desk") and delusional catharsis ("Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13"). The astounding title story, which has already been reprinted in four different anthologies, is a masterpiece of remembrance and thwarted love.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Bizarre content and rhetorical overkill are the salient features of this oddball gathering of 13 short fictions (some aren't precisely stories), by the young author of Purple America (1997) and The ... Read full review

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User Review  - EdwardC - LibraryThing

Moody and his postmodern cohorts have more in common with Charles Dickens then any 20th century writer I could name. Sure, there's Pynchon, Gaddis, Barthelme, but those writer lack the sheer love of humanity that shines out this book by Moody. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Novelist Rick Moody was born in Fairfield, Connecticut on October 18, 1962. He is an undergraduate of Brown University and has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Columbia University. Moody's works often demonstrate the concept that money makes no difference in the problems people face. His first novel, Garden State, won Pushcart's Tenth Annual Editor's Book Award. The Ice Storm (1994) was adapted into the 1997 film starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. In 1999, The New Yorker chose him as one of America's most talented young writers, listing him on their "20 Writers for the 21st Century" list. He has also won the Addison Metcalf Award and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Moody's memoir The Black Veil (2002) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. His other works include The Diviners and The Four Fingers of Death. In 2012 he won Fernanda Pivano Award in Italy. Moody has taught at Yale University, Princeton University, the State University of New York at Purchase and Bennington College, and New York University.

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