A tour de force, a critical and commercial sensation in the US, and a book that must contend for all the literary prizes — with this book, Rick Moody, in one bound, lands in the very front rank of American writers.
The Great American Novel of its year
The fission of a nuclear family, of a nuclear reactor and of the idea of America
A novel that honours the classical unities — it arcs perfectly across one long, long day in New England — but is thoroughly contemporary in its understanding of the anxieties, paradoxes and desolate dreams of Our Age
Astonishing observational and metaphorical skill
The Holy Trinity of all-American literature, Updike, Bellow and Roth, are now in their twilight years. Here is the first of the next generation to stake a claim on permanence and greatness
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‘Moody is a unique stylist whose beautiful prose weaves helixes of language around the simplest of events… Without that style, Moody’s story might have become mere sentiment. With it, he conjures an altogether rare element of human feeling.’
Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times
‘Powerful and engrossing… Purple America further establishes the author as part of a gifted generation of American writers – writers like David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen – concerned with crises of masculinity and modernity.’
Paul Quinn, TLS
‘This isn’t just a hyped novel – it’s a great one… searing and brilliant.’
‘A densely stylish novel… Moody is a master craftsman.’
Angus Wolfe Murray, Scotsman
‘Magnificent… Rick Moody is that rare writer who can make the language do tricks and and still suffuse his narrative with soul’
Rick Moody lives in Brooklyn. His three previous books are Garden State (not published in the UK), The Ice Storm and The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven. He writes for the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s and the New York Times, among other publications.
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Book Description Erin, ON, Canada, 2008. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # G06G25
Book Description Genuine Canadian Magazine, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # H22H01