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The Office of Desire [Kindle Edition]

Martha Moody
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the nationally bestselling author of the novel Best Friends: a touching novel about five very different people navigating work—and life.

Alicia, Brice, and Caroline are the ABCs—three close friends who have been brought together while working at the cozy medical practice of Drs. Markowitz and Strub in Midburg, Ohio. But when Alicia and Dr. Strub begin an affair, a dramatic chain of events ensues that gradually but drastically changes the office environment—ultimately requiring all five coworkers to redefine their relationships to one another. Finally, a questionable business venture precipitates a tragedy that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together.

Touching and insightful, The Office of Desire an office novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the unlikely alliances that develop at work, and seen what happens when those relationships are altered.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Moody (Best Friends) stages this sharply observed tale of office relationships gone very wrong at a small Ohio medical practice. When Dr. Will Strub marries office nurse Alicia, he becomes increasingly involved in the local fundamentalist church. That puts him somewhat at odds with his fellow doctor and business partner, Dr. Hap Markowitz, who defines himself as a non-observant, God-fearing Jew. Meanwhile, middle aged office receptionist Caroline begins her own new relationship with a 72-year-old patient named Fred, while Hap devotes his spare time to his seriously ill wife, making office manager Brice literally the odd man out. The slow descent into insanity by one of the characters leads to a tragedy that affects all involved; gay relationships, evangelical fervor, amputation and infidelity all play in. There is a point where loyalty became a sickness, where faithfulness to someone else became a way to destroy yourself, Hap observes, and each of Moody's well-drawn characters embodies that statement in his or her own way. Hap and Caroline alternate with first person narration, which lends Upstairs Downstairs–like shifts in perspective, which can be distracting. Moody keeps things moving, though, and gets the details right, whether adding up emotional balances, Prozac samples or a patient's bill. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

Moody's follow-up to her best-seller Best Friends (2001) is set at a small medical practice in Ohio. The five characters who populate the office—Dr. Hap Markowitz, his medical partner Dr. Will Strub, receptionist Caroline, nurse Alicia, and accountant Brice—are deeply sensitive to changes in each other's moods and relationships. When Dr. Strub's wife leaves him, he takes up with single-mother Alicia, creating a breech in Alicia's friendships with Caroline, who lost a leg to cancer, and painfully shy Brice. Alicia and Dr. Strub marry, and in their wake Caroline and Brice begin a furtive, short-lived affair while Dr. Markowitz struggles with the news that his wife, Janis, is suffering from hepatitis C. Told in alternating sections from Caroline and Hap's perspectives, the novel builds inevitably toward a tragic event that affects all the characters in the office. Though the book meanders a bit in the middle, when Dr. Strub finds religion, Moody's second outing perfectly captures the nuances of a small group of people working closely together in an insular environment. Huntley, Kristine

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594483108
  • Publisher: Riverhead (August 2, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UVBSY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Officially a fan... January 29, 2008
By Pi
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of Martha Moody. I picked up "The Office of Desire" after reading (and loving), "Best Friends". I was not disappointed. This book was a fascinating book, I could not put it down, and read it in just a few hours. I found the characters fascinating, and well crafted. Fantastic book, can't wait for more from Moody.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok but... September 17, 2007
I kept waiting for something more to happen. I enjoyed the changing chapters with Caroline and Hap, but it just seemed that the story continually whined on about nothing really. The book was about life in general, which was fine, but it just didn't seem to go anywhere. It was pretty predictable I thought. I hadn't read anything else by Moody, and based on this one, won't be in a rush to either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed- maybe 2 stars instead of 3 January 21, 2014
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Loved the first MM book I read - Sometimes Mine - so I looked forward to this one and just kept waiting for it to improve; catch my interest; but nada.. I didn't really care about any of the characters. It felt creepy ; the unprofessionalism of the office operation was disturbing ( unlikely?) and somewhat like the impression of the office, kind of dirty. I'm unsure if I will buy another MM novel.... Dr. Moody lives in a nearby city and I like to support local authors. Hoping 'Sometimes Mine" was not a fluke. Whether or not you liked The Office of Desire, try Sometimes Mine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent October 14, 2012
Very poorly titled book, but I like this book more than Best Friends. For the most part, though I didn't like the characters, I did enjoy the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring book April 23, 2012
By rutica
I didn't like this book. I found it boring and I didn't like any of the characters...they were depressing. I ended up skimming the last third of the book because I didn't care anymore. I almost gave up completely a few times but thought it might get interesting...but no, it didn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual read November 25, 2011
This book by Moody was a very unusual read in its own way. It covered the doctors office in which there are two doctors and three supporting personnel along with spouses of the doctors, former and past. It covers their relationships with each other and what happens in the office as the relationships between the participants change. Though it does not go too far in completing the story it speaks through the voices of the various participants which was interesting. I enjoyed it.
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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