Books by Rick Moody

ON CELESTIAL MUSIC by Rick Moody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2012

"Thoughtful, heartfelt and frequently moving, like the best music."
The acclaimed novelist shows off his considerable gifts for parsing music. Read full book review >
THE FOUR FINGERS OF DEATH by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2010

"A smart, fun satire—Jonathan Swift in space, with twists befitting Vincent Price."
A rollicking romp through deep space and Arizona alike, improbable and thoroughly entertaining, courtesy of master storyteller Moody (Right Livelihoods, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
RIGHT LIVELIHOODS by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2007

"Paranoia raised to the level of art."
Moody (The Diviners, 2005, etc.) exploits the nightmarish liminal space between humor and madness, dream and reality. Read full book review >
THE DIVINERS by Rick Moody
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"A novel that might well have been more fun to write than it is to read."
A serious-minded novelist offers a sprawling satire of show business, with results that fall short of divine. Read full book review >
THE BLACK VEIL by Rick Moody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2002

"Where he got the focus to write through all this is a wonder, though he sure had plenty of material on death, defeat, and dehumanization to work with."
Novelist Moody (Demonology, 2000, etc.) reveals an inspired but not pretty picture of his life. Read full book review >
DEMONOLOGY by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2000

"An infuriatingly uneven second collection (after The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, 1995) whose chaotic feel and flow prove both seductive and alienating. Moody marches on, to the beat of a drummer so different many readers may be unable to hear it at all."
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 Ice Storm (1994), among others. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A bid to shed fresh light on the New Testament, weighed down by a disappointingly predictable party line: Jesus-as-radical-moral-teacher. These baby boomer writers have mostly ``revisited'' only a fraction of the New Testament, the Gospels, which novelist Moody (Purple America, p. 164, etc.) sees as ``great liberal documents in strong support of ethical universals.'' In rescuing the New Testament from the Christian Right, though, these writers don't realize that by almost exclusively using the Gospels, they've ceded some of the richest territory to the fundamentalists. Read full book review >

PURPLE AMERICA by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

Moody returns to the site of his previous novel (The Ice Storm, 1994), the Gothic underside of Connecticut's privileged suburbs, and once again finds despair, half-suppressed fears, and a pervasive anger. At the heart of the narrative is Dexter Raitliffe (appropriately, given his ill-starred attempts at life, nicknamed ``Hex''), a disaffected boomer summoned home when his despairing stepfather abandons Hex's increasingly ill mother. Read full book review >

THE RING OF BRIGHTEST ANGELS AROUND HEAVEN by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 1995

A debut collection from rising star Moody (The Ice Storm, 1994; Garden State, 1992), who, here, throws together a wild, perverse, and ultimately flat mosaic of contemporary life. The diverse characters who inhabit Moody's landscape seem to have little in common apart from remarkably similar delusions of grandeur. Read full book review >

THE ICE STORM by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1994

In 1973, a decaying suburban Connecticut family has a bad day. Father Benjamin Hood is a middle-aged alcoholic, tormented by canker sores, in danger of losing his job as a media and entertainment expert for a high-end brokerage house, and having an affair with a neighbor named Janey. Read full book review >

GARDEN STATE by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1992

Anomie is raised to the level of a deadly virus in this first novel (winner of Pushcart's Tenth Annual Editors' Book Award) about wasted youth in suburban New Jersey. ``All over Haledon, kids were coming apart.'' Kids like punk- rocker Alice, 23 years old, unemployed, and less motivated than ever now that her band has broken up; kids like Lane, who has tried every drug on the menu and is debating when to kill himself, now or later. Read full book review >