Picks and Pans Review: The Ice Storm

updated 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Rick Moody

Something's amiss in the suburb of New Canaan, Conn. The year is 1973, and the sexual revolution is in high gear. The Hoods and the Williamses are neighbors and close friends—in fact, Mr. Hood is having an affair with Mrs. Williams, and the Hood's 13-year-old daughter Wendy is doing her best to have an affair with the Williamses' son Mike.

The natives are restless—drinking, drugs and adultery are symptoms of the confusion rampant in this bedroom community. "Desire wasn't about large breasts in Cross Your Heart brassieres anymore," muses Benjamin Hood as he waits for his mistress in the guest room of her house. "It was about hunting for comfort."

Moody, whose previous novel, Garden State, won a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award in 1991, possesses a near-encyclopedic knowledge of his suburban turf. Storm is a gripping roller-coaster ride through the dark side of the American Dream. (Little, Brown, $19.95)

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