The Ice Storm
A NovelThe bestselling novel that launched Rick Moody’s career and became a critically acclaimed film centers on two suburban families trapped in the prison of the American dream
A potentially devastating blizzard approaches New Canaan, Connecticut, while internal forces of desire, frustration, and ennui threaten to tear apart two quintessentially affluent, suburban families. Elena Hood rightfully suspects her husband, Benjamin, is having an affair with neighbor Janey Williams, while Benjamin resents Elena and his mounting feelings of ineptitude. As the snow begins to fall, Benjamin and Elena, as well as Janey and her husband, attend a neighborhood “key party,” where they and other respectable suburbanites agree to go home with whomever’s keys they draw from a bowl. Meanwhile, the Hoods’ and Williams’s teenage children are caught up in their own experimentations with sex and drugs as they test the boundaries of their structured upbringing.
With author Rick Moody’s sharp eye for the nuances of suburban life and allusions to 1970s America from Watergate to the Fantastic Four, the novel’s landscape is vivid and immersive. This timeless, unforgettable novel is a compassionate portrayal of flawed characters and reflects Rick Moody’s sharp eye for the contradictions of suburban life.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rick Moody including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
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“Remarkable, brave, and beautiful. With intelligence, restraint, and without sentimentality, Rick Moody has created a moving portrait of a nuclear family.” —Jeffrey Eugenides
“One of the wittiest books about family life ever written.” —The Guardian
“Moody is a stylishly clever writer.” —Time
“Powerful . . . Moody’s dialogue is sharp, his scenes vivid, and his pacing sure. . . . He is a stylist who can summon strong emotions.” —Newsday
“A bitter and loving and damning tribute to the American family . . . packed with keen observation and sympathy for human failure.” —Chicago Tribune
“A gripping roller-coaster ride through the dark side of the American Dream . . . Moody possesses a near-encyclopedic knowledge of his suburban turf.” —People
“Rick Moody writes exquisite, word-smitten prose.” —Elle
About the author
Rick Moody (b. 1961) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Born in New York City, he graduated from Brown University and earned a master of fine arts in creative writing from Columbia University. His first novel, Garden State, won the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award, and his memoir of his struggles with alcoholism and depression, The Black Veil, was awarded the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir. His 1994 bestseller, The Ice Storm, was adapted into a film starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Moody’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Details, and the New York Times. His work has also been selected for the Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His story “The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven” won the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize. Moody currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at New York University.