The Office of Desire

The Office of Desire

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by Martha Moody
     
 

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From the nationally bestselling author of the novel Best Friends: a touching novel about five very different people navigating work—and life.

Alicia, Brice, and Caroline are the ABCs—three close friends who have been brought together while working at the cozy medical practice of Drs. Markowitz and Strub in Midburg, Ohio. But

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From the nationally bestselling author of the novel Best Friends: a touching novel about five very different people navigating work—and life.

Alicia, Brice, and Caroline are the ABCs—three close friends who have been brought together while working at the cozy medical practice of Drs. Markowitz and Strub in Midburg, Ohio. But when Alicia and Dr. Strub begin an affair, a dramatic chain of events ensues that gradually but drastically changes the office environment—ultimately requiring all five coworkers to redefine their relationships to one another. Finally, a questionable business venture precipitates a tragedy that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together.

Touching and insightful, The Office of Desire an office novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the unlikely alliances that develop at work, and seen what happens when those relationships are altered.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Moody captures the easy back-and-forth of seemingly innocuous office banter and keeps things moving with a fluctuating plot that makes for a surprisingly addictive...read.
Publishers Weekly

Moody (Best Friends) stages this sharply observed tale of office relationships gone very wrong at a small Ohio medical practice. When Dr. Will Strub marries office nurse Alicia, he becomes increasingly involved in the local fundamentalist church. That puts him somewhat at odds with his fellow doctor and business partner, Dr. Hap Markowitz, who defines himself "as a non-observant, God-fearing Jew." Meanwhile, middle aged office receptionist Caroline begins her own new relationship with a 72-year-old patient named Fred, while Hap devotes his spare time to his seriously ill wife, making office manager Brice literally the odd man out. The slow descent into insanity by one of the characters leads to a tragedy that affects all involved; gay relationships, evangelical fervor, amputation and infidelity all play in. "There is a point where loyalty became a sickness, where faithfulness to someone else became a way to destroy yourself," Hap observes, and each of Moody's well-drawn characters embodies that statement in his or her own way. Hap and Caroline alternate with first person narration, which lends Upstairs Downstairs -like shifts in perspective, which can be distracting. Moody keeps things moving, though, and gets the details right, whether adding up emotional balances, Prozac samples or a patient's bill. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A bracingly dark comedy from physician Moody (Best Friends, 2001) about the unraveling of an Ohio medical office that seems a haven for its employees until sex and religion infect the practice. Hap Markowitz, the brains, and William Strub, the personality, carry on a successful internal medicine partnership supported by a small staff of three. Caroline the receptionist, who narrates the story along with Hap, doesn't let her prosthetic leg keep her from a string of lusty lovers drawn to her sunny warmth. Alice the nurse is younger than Caroline, an ambitious single mother who dotes over her brilliant teenage son. Brice the money manager lives with his overbearing mother. The three familiar if dissimilar workplace "types" have built a three-way friendship that keeps the office running smoothly and happily until William, recently divorced, finds himself drawn to Alice. Their ensuing affair and marriage disrupt the office balance. Alice stops hanging out with Caroline and Brice. Caroline and Brice's friendship is ruined after she sleeps with him out of misguided sympathy, although she knows he is not attracted to women. As marital bliss with Alice sours, William turns to internet pornography, then becomes a Christian zealot. At first, Alice resists but soon she is at least as fervent as William. Preoccupied by his wife's sudden, fast spreading cancer and subsequent death, Hap is too distracted to resist when William and Alice start selling Christian vitamins in the front office. And only Caroline notices when Brice becomes dangerously obsessed with Alice's son Jesse, who bravely acknowledges that he is gay to his newly fundamentalist parents. Long before the inevitable malpractice caseconnected to the vitamins, what began as light satire has turned into genuine tragedy. Even as her characters make disastrous mistakes, Moody, a genuinely original voice, takes an unsentimental approach that never denies life's possibilities. A provocative, intensely moving novel of ideas and opposing philosophies presented by deeply flawed, deeply human characters.
From the Publisher
"Played to the hilt by Renée Raudman and Todd McLaren." —AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101217603
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
495 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Played to the hilt by Renée Raudman and Todd McLaren." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Martha Moody is the author of the national bestseller Best Friends and the novel The Office of Desire. A practicing physician, she lives in Ohio with her family.

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