The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven: A Novella and Stories

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On the occasion of the paperback release of Demonology, Back Bay Books takes pleasure in making all four of Rick Moody's acclaimed earlier works of fiction available in handsome new paperback editions.

Moody presents ten stories and a novella that capture an unforgettable band of outsiders--a frenzied undergraduate who confesses in a term paper that the Book of Revelations was written about him, a young media personality whose film treatment reveals a pathological ...

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Overview

On the occasion of the paperback release of Demonology, Back Bay Books takes pleasure in making all four of Rick Moody's acclaimed earlier works of fiction available in handsome new paperback editions.

Moody presents ten stories and a novella that capture an unforgettable band of outsiders--a frenzied undergraduate who confesses in a term paper that the Book of Revelations was written about him, a young media personality whose film treatment reveals a pathological self-obsession, and an investigator whose deposition uncovers his own sordid attempts to spy on his wife.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of two much-admired novels of suburban anomie here delivers 10 ingenious but uneven stories with a wide range of subjects, styles and voices. Shaped as treatments, sketches and journal entries as well as traditional short stories, these literate, sharply delineated, darkly funny but occasionally contrived pieces explore the vicissitudes of life in New York City and its suburbs. Moody's (The Ice Storm) most compelling characters are desolate or wrongheaded losers, like the narrator of ``Preliminary Notes,'' a manic insurance investigator whose attempts to record his wife's phone calls reveal that their marriage is about to collapse. ``The Apocalypse Commentary of Bob Paisner,'' a hilarious variation on Pale Fire, is a story in the form of a term paper by a collegiate misfit obsessed with connections between his life and the Book of Revelations. In ``Pip Adrift,'' the deranged African American cabin boy in Moby-Dick recounts falling overboard; ``Primary Sources'' is Moody's autobiography framed as a bibliography with footnotes. The title piece, a novella, is a gritty, lyrical but dispassionate portrait of young people whose lives intersect and bottom out in a dystopian New York of heroin dens and sex clubs. An affecting but noncohesive collection that, despite flashes of brilliance, sometimes strains for effect. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316706285
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/10/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

The Preliminary Notes 3
The Grid 29
Phrase Book 39
Treatment 59
The James Dean Garage Band 71
Pip Adrift 101
A Good Story 113
The Apocalypse Commentary of Bob Paisner 121
Twister 151
The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven 155
Primary Sources 231
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