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Hotels of North America
by Rick Moody


Overview - A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, "National Post
"BEST BOOKS FOR GIFTING 2015: "Vanity Fair
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"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.
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316178556
  • ISBN-10: 0316178551
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 208


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Moodys (The Four Fingers of Death) clever latest explores the narrative possibilities of online reviews, that form of democratic criticism crucial to the success of everything from toaster ovens to literature itself. The novel consists primarily of an idiosyncratic collection of hotel reviews written by Reginald Edward Morse, a sporadically employed motivational speaker leading a life of nomadic compulsion. A hotel sites top reviewer, whose real-life identity is a mystery, Morse mixes in autobiographical accounts of his own professional, familial, and romantic failures amid disquisitions on the diversity of key and lock design and hotel pornography (at the heart of travel in America). The online reviews look back over a period of roughly 40 years, from Morses childhood stay at the Plaza Hotel in 1971 to a visit to a bedbug-infested Bronx motel in 2014. In his delightful archness and strategic reticence, Morse is reminiscent of the epicurean narrator of John Lanchesters The Debt to Pleasure. However, the wryly perceptive passages about the hospitality industry, which include a hatchet job on bed-and-breakfast inns, occasionally give way to slightly mawkish outpourings. And the afterword, in which Moody inserts himself into the text to track down the fragmentary Morse, couldve been removed. Still, this is an amusing, vibrant narrative. Agent: Melanie Jackson, Melanie Jackson Agency. (Nov.)

 
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