Demonology by Rick Moody

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Rick Moody's novels have earned him a reputation as a "breathtaking" writer (The New York Times) and "a writer of immense gifts" (The San Francisco Examiner). His remarkable short stories have led both the New Yorker and Harpers to single him out as one of the most original and admired voices in a generation.
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.
Full of deep feeling and stunningly beautiful language, the stories in Demonology offer the deepest pleasures that fiction can afford.
 

About Rick Moody

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Novelist Rick Moody was born in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1962. His 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. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly's top 100 creative people the same year. He has also won the Addison Metcalf Award and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Published November 11, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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and “Surplus Value Books: Catalogue Number 13,” an annotated listing whose contents amusingly express the truculent daydreams and hang-ups of a sardonic woman book dealer (one longs for a glimpse at that cookbook reputedly authored by J.D.

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The Guardian

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Demonology Rick Moody 306pp, Faber £10.99 Buy it at BOL A tiny sentence nestles in a story in the middle of this collection, providing a brief forecast of the book's prevailing weather.

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The Guardian

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Demonology Rick Moody Faber £9.99, pp256 Buy it at BOL 'I should fictionalise it more,' says the narrator of the final story of Demonology, a brief, spare story that loops round and back to the collection's beginning, dwelling as both do upon a specific loss.

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Publishers Weekly

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Sending wry, heartbroken characters across the slightly tilted landscapes of his fiction, Moody fosters a low-grade bemusement in the 13 stories collected here.

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Book Reporter

Whether Moody will continue to push the narrative form constrictions of the short story or will present his well-honed observations in a more traditional fashion remains to be seen.

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AV Club

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The best way to approach Demonology, Rick Moody's new collection of short stories, is to start with the eponymous final piece and then proceed cautiously toward the front.

Apr 19 2002 | Read Full Review of Demonology

Austin Chronicle

If you find the following sentences brilliant, you will be among the many readers who think that Rick Moody is one of the most original and admired voices in a generation: "Late in every possible way.

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Bookslut

And there are always exceptions -- the latest story that knocked my socks off is authored by a guy -- but by and large any pile of stories written by women is just fundamentally better than one full of stories written by men.

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