Hotels of North America
Reginald Edward Morse is a man in need of an outlet. And he finds it in a very twenty-first century place: the internet. Specifically, RateYourLodging.com, where Americans go to find out the truth about hotels, motels and, horrors, bed and breakfasts. But the real joy of those sites is not so much the advice they offer, but the people who offer it. Reginald Edward Morse is one of those people. At first Morse seems exactly what you'd suspect a reviewer to be, though under the authoritative, even puffed-up tone, there lurks self-awareness, wit and a flair for anecdote. His reviews scatter clues to his identity, and the fragments explain the mystery of Reginald Edward Morse, his career as a motivational speaker, his lover 'K' and his estrangement from his daughter. Always funny, unexpectedly tragic, this is a book of lonely rooms, long lists, of strong opinion and quiet confession, by one of America's greatest novelists.
Everyone needs to tell their story, that's what the internet is for. But what kind of person becomes a top reviewer on RateYourLodging.com and tells their story that way? Rick Moody investigates ...
A little book of irony and wit and heartbreak ... At its heart, Hotels of North America is a close examination of the middle-aged American male in sexual, emotional and financial free fall New York Times A little book that raises such big questions -- Eugenia Williamson Boston Globe Moody's chilly, lacerating prose is a seduction LA Times Praise for Rick Moody: 'Moody's powers of invention, his ease in his own prose, his ability to develop interesting characters - in short, his enormous gifts as a writer - are on full display here. New York Times Book Review Entertaining and often poignant, probing the limits of technology, consciousness, and language in the face of grief. New Yorker Remarkable, brave, and beautiful -- Jeffrey Eugenides Rick Moody is one of our best writers Washington Post Moody makes sure we know when the laughs should hurt ... never puts a foot wrong. New York Times Rick Moody is one of the most prodigiously talented writers in America. Wall Street Journal Bold and thrilling ... Rick Moody has spirit and drive and talent to burn -- Walter Kirn New York Times Book Review Sometimes swashbuckling, sometimes laserlike, Moody can spin out the absurdity of human behavior in giddy syntactic arabesques, or nail it with a single noun Boston Globe