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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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"Narrator Jefferson Mays taps into the darkly disappointing life of Rick Moody's protagonist, Reginald Edward Morse, a man whose hobby is rating hotels online. Mays's drab tone heightens the irony of Morse's job as a motivational speaker. It also spotlights the depressed state of the character, who initially takes to the Internet to share his hotel experiences but ultimately winds up telling his life story. The intensity Mays infuses into Morse when he addresses his critics augments Moody's sardonic portrayal of the online rating phenomenon, making it darkly humorous. Mays's performance of this offbeat novel is well crafted and entertaining, but it's best not to listen to this audiobook en route to a hotel if one has anxiety about bedbugs. J.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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