Right Livelihoods

Three Novellas
By Rick Moody (Trade Paperback, 2008)
At the center of The Omega Force, which opens RIGHT LIVELIHOODS, is a buffoonish former government official in rocky recovery. Dr. "Jamie" Van Deusen is determined to protect his habitat--its golf courses (and Bloody Marys), pizza places (and beers) from "dark complected" foreign nationals. His patriotism and wild imagination are mainly fueled by a fall off the wagon. The collection's second novella, K & K, concerns a lonely young office manager at an insurance agency, where the office suggestion box is yielding unpleasant messages that escalate to a scary pitch. Ellie Knight- Cameron's responses to these random diatribes illuminate the toll that a lack of self-awareness can take. The book ends with a cataclysmic vision of New York City, after the leveling of 50 square blocks of Manhattan. Four million have died. Albertine, the "street name for the buzz of a lifetime," is a mindaltering drug that sets The Albertine Notes in motion. Only Rick Moody could lead us to feel affection for the various misguided, earnestly striving characters in this alternately unsettling and warm trio of stories.

At the center of The Omega Force, which opens RIGHT LIVELIHOODS, is a buffoonish former government official in rocky recovery. Dr. "Jamie" Van Deusen is determined to protect his habitat--its golf courses (and Bloody Marys), pizza places (and beers) from "dark complected" foreign nationals. His patriotism and wild imagination are mainly fueled by a fall off the wagon. The collection's second novella, K & K, concerns a lonely young office manager at an insurance agency, where the office suggestion box is yielding unpleasant messages that escalate to a scary pitch. Ellie Knight- Cameron's responses to these random diatribes illuminate the toll that a lack of self-awareness can take. The book ends with a cataclysmic vision of New York City, after the leveling of 50 square blocks of Manhattan. Four million have died. Albertine, the "street name for the buzz of a lifetime," is a mindaltering drug that sets The Albertine Notes in motion. Only Rick Moody could lead us to feel affection for the various misguided, earnestly striving characters in this alternately unsettling and warm trio of stories.

RIGHT LIVELIHOODS is Rick Moody's eighth book. He has received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • (Library Journal).

  • "Moody makes sure we know when the laughs should hurt...never puts a foot wrong." (New York Times).

  • "Marvelous....at once deadpan and antic.... 'The Albertine Notes' is one of the best stories to appear in the new millennium; it underscores that Rick Moody is one of our best writers." (Washington Post Book World).

  • "Read it.  The three novellas are darkly funny and infectiously enthusiastic about misfits and miscreants." (More).

  • "His subtlest and most darkly comical performance yet." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Moody's chilly, lacerating prose is a seduction." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "Moody exploits the nightmarish liminal space between humor and madness, dream and reality....Paranoia raised to the level of art." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Master of maximalist prose and human minutiae Rick Moody spins out three sensational novellas in RIGHT LIVELIHOODS." (Vanity Fair).

Product Details

Right Livelihoods
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN
  • Pages: 240
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316166355
  • On Sale Date: 08/11/2008
Right Livelihoods

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