The Ice Storm by Rick Moody

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A family romance set in the 1970s follows the Hoods as they skid out of control in suburban Connecticut and as Watergate unfolds and troops head home from Vietnam. By the author of Garden State. 22,500 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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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 10, 2015 by Open Road Media. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Benjamin and Elena find themselves at a neighborhood key party (a '60s tradition that migrated belatedly to suburbia whereby men toss their keys in a bowl at the beginning of the night and at the end of the night the women randomly select a set and go off with its owner);

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While Christmas hoards all the ‘classic’ holiday movies and Thanksgiving retains most of its cinematic weight with films like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, at least one filmmaker sought to portray the feast such as it is, with awkward family gatherings colored by the hot-button kinship issues ...

Nov 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Ice Storm

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A harsh (though slightly toned down from Moody's book), deeply moving, emotionally rich and intelligent film about the difficulty of rebelling against social restrictions—and the inescapable consequences of such attempts when they do succeed—The Ice Storm should not be missed.

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Based on Rick Moody's novel, Ang Lee's The Ice Storm takes place in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1973, but the film evokes the period so thoroughly that datelines are hardly necessary, since the costumes, the décor, and most importantly, the attitudes reflect a time of awkward transition for th...

Mar 18 2008 | Read Full Review of The Ice Storm

The Independent

an ice storm bursts overhead, and various members of the family are stranded in the wrong bed, on the wrong lavatory floor, or across the wrong train seat.

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The Independent

Whether they're specific - Wendy turning A Charlie Brown Christmas up ever louder on the TV to blot out Benjamin battling with Elena - or more vaguely pervasive - the stale, end-of-theSixties air that hangs over the characters' feeble permissiveness - they make the book seem serious and concrete,...

Aug 14 1994 | Read Full Review of The Ice Storm


Author Rick Moody's first work of nonfiction lifts the veil on some of his own worst experiences from struggling with substance abuse and depression to surviving a destructive relationship with an ex-girlfriend.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Moral responsibility is the theme in "The Ice Storm," Ang Lee's impressive adaptation of the Rick Moody novel about New England wife-swapping in the early '70s, but as I watched Lee's film -- with its macrame vests and Tiffany lamps, flared pants and Watergate references -- it seemed that Lee was...

Oct 17 1997 | Read Full Review of The Ice Storm


The Hoods and the Williamses are neighbors and close friends—in fact, Mr. Hood is having an affair with Mrs. Williams, and the Hood's 13-year-old daughter Wendy is doing her best to have an affair with the Williamses' son Mike.

Aug 22 1994 | Read Full Review of The Ice Storm

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