From the acclaimed Rick Moody, a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online reviews.
Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe - they tell his life story.
The puzzle of Reginald's life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as "K". But when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life - or at least the life he has carefully constructed - which writer Rick Moody must make sense of.
An inventive blurring of the lines between the real and the fabricated, Hotels of North America demonstrates Moody's masterly ability to push the bounds of the novel.
"Moody's powers of invention, his ease in his own prose, his ability to develop interesting characters - in short, his enormous gifts as a writer - are on full display here. And when he wants to write a gorgeous paragraph, he delivers as you know he can, even when he's still spoofing." (The New York Times Book Review)
"His subtlest and most darkly comical performance yet." (Chicago Tribune)
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