One New York Times reviewer (Dwight Garner) calls the book an examination of "the middle-aged man in free fall." This book, with all its humorous pathos, is not for everyone. But if you're in the mood for something interesting and challengingly original, Moody's book might be your ticket. I know I sure enjoyed it.. . . Read Susan's complete review of this book in Kudos »— From Susan's Picks
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, National Post
BEST BOOKS FOR GIFTING 2015: Vanity Fair
"This is Moody's best novel in many years...a book of irony and wit and heartbreak." --Dwight Garner, New York Times From the acclaimed Rick Moody, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online reviews. Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe--they tell his life story. The puzzle of Reginald's life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as "K." But when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life--or at least the life he has carefully constructed--which writer Rick Moody must make sense of. An inventive blurring of the lines between the real and the fabricated, Hotels of North America demonstrates Moody's mastery ability to push the bounds of the novel.
About the Author
Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities. He is the author of four previous novels: The Four Fingers of Death, Purple America, The Ice Storm and Garden State, as well as an award-winning memoir and multiple collections of short fiction. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Moody lives in Brooklyn, New York.