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Editorial Reviews

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Rollicking prose, sharp observations, and a sureness of form make M. B. Neff's Year of the Rhinoceros a brilliant debut—a heartfelt novel of disillusionment and its consequences. 

Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way and I Looked Alive

Year of The Rhinoceros accurately portrays a important period in American political history wherein the struggle for democracy took a wrong turn—one we've yet to come out of.  In this current era of revisionism and injustice, the truth needs to be told.

Thomas Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Year of the Rhinoceros is a compelling, utterly original novel that savagely and hilariously explores what went wrong in this country a couple of decades ago, and that keeps going wrong even now.  Neff is a raucous new voice in American literature.

Robert Olen Butler, author and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Michael Neff’s debut novel is a stunning performance—a book that puts me in mind of Mark Twain after a ten year prison term locked in a cell with Laurence Sterne.

Robert Bausch, author



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597091374
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




            God Games - Idols and Ideals - The White Oz


Chapter 1

                Morlocks and Star-Eyes - A Bad Boss Stereotype - Blue Balls at St. E’s -

A Memorable Whistleblower  — The Golden Nadir - The Guy From Epanoma


Chapter 2

            Reagan on Golf Tee Legs - Rochambeau’s Note - Strong Chins, Blazing Eyes -

Dreaming America Like a Bayou Moon - The Evolution of Eden


Chapter 3

            Pretend You Are Manny - The Hitchcock Effect - Go Gators! -   

                A Science Fiction Princess -  Manny Near Paralysis - Do Not Think and Be

Chapter 4

          The Sublime Perception State - In Search of JB - Manny Eden Meets the Staff -

                Tammy Pon and The Mental Douche - Like a Moral Volcano


Chapter 5

          Nixon’s Favorite Photo - The Eye Comet of Hunsecker - Manny’s Training -

                Hart Crane in BLT - Mzz Dracos Scares Manny Into The Men’s Room

Chapter 6

                A God Without Conscience - Early Days of OWC - Coming of The Morlocks

Chapter 7

A Letter to Mommy K - Answer Their Panic With A Pumpkin -

                Varsana’s Tongue Fries Mzz Dracos - Manny Meets Worm and Union Head

Chapter 8

Potential Prosecutorial Merit - Manny Goes With Flow - Becky Tests Manny -

Big Fines for Improbity - Ms. Linderhart Lacks The Team Player Edge

Chapter 9

The Pissoir of Anomie - A Candidate For Wax - Espresso On The Mozartplatz


Chapter 10

Joe Blow On Menu? - No Reasonable Grounds - The Pickering Disruption Test - 

Threshold Maneuvers in The Light - Laney Vs. The Hunsecker

Chapter 11

Like Warm Rubber Massacre - Washington, Inc. - Nursing Gertrude -

Laney vs. Emperatriz - Laney vs. The Gipper - Laney vs. The First Nancy


Chapter 12

                Ladies Night At Scandals - A Mongo Moon Goddess - Laney vs. Manny Eden -

                Sneaky Shit Theories - Personalities Are Such Fragile Creations

Chapter 13

Deputy From Luna Hell - Cosmic Epiphanies - Death of a Thousand Bites

Chapter 14

Un Peu du Chose

Chapter 15

Un Coup d’Eclat

Chapter 16

Manny Advises Dictator - Manny As President - The Origin of Morals and Idols

Chapter 17

On Revolution Time - Ceremony of The Watch - Utopia By 2000 -

Laney Becomes A Sword Goddess - Manny As "Mr. God"

Chapter 18

                Silence of The Wimp - The Rodent Snack - Glyphs Pressed to Mutter -

Luna Attacks — The Impossibility of Morality

Chapter 19

Hunsecker Fears an Act of Congress - Hunsecker Enlists Help of Manny

Chapter 20

Like a Morose General Patton - Magical Thinkings Beyond Good and Evil -

Ashley Madison Befuddles The Democrats and "Rolls With The Punches"

Chapter 21

The Powers of Rodin - Pecking Order - Year of The Rhinoceros -

The Glue of Common Loathing - Something As Basic As Heat


Chapter 22

                The Needful One - "Carry Us to Blockula" - The Stone in Laney’s Head

Chapter 23

Ashley Gets Even - They Won’t Survive Dr. X - Laney Goes Rhino


Chapter 24

                Manny Loses It - Dropping The "Utopia Stone" - Up From The Slime -

                House-of-Saud Office Park - Hebrews, Hittites, Greeks, and So Forth


Chapter 25

            Throbbings of Worm - A Desperate Catfight - The Cops Bust Laney -

A Note About "Self"


Chapter 26

Madison’s Version of Events - Manny Goes Mannequin - A Moral Obligation -

"They Just Wanted to Kill Her" - What Really Happened at Childe Harold

Chapter 27

The Sublime Perception State - Seven Screams -  Death of a Counsel  -

As Far From God As Angels Can Fly - Deejah’s Final Peace

Chapter 28

The CEO - Varsana Claims Grope - Keat Linderhart’s Car Accident -

The Dong Hobbit - Uncle Pharaoh’s Flea Tent - A New Life



                The Whistleblower’s Lament

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    The most unique political drama I have read

    Year of the Rhinoceros combines political mystery, muckracking exposé and haunting psychological portraiture in a fascinating exploration of the corruption of 1980s Washington, DC. As our hero, idealistic young Reagan appointee Manny Eden, faces the hypocritical machinery of his new employer, the Office of Whistleblower Counsel, we are taken on a whirlwind tour of the world of powerbrokers and their victims, a magically-rendered Washington that manages to seduce even as it repulses, and the increasingly traumatized imagination of Manny himself.

    The novel should appeal not only to those who are interested in the dirty reality of doing business in our nation's capital, but also to fans of complex psychological journeys and just plain beautiful prose. I strongly recommend Year of the Rhinoceros.

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