It is the autumn of election year 2000, and scores of film-business strivers are focused on one goal - getting themselves connected to an elusive but potentially huge television saga, one that opens with Huns sweeping through Mongolia and closes with a Mormon in the Las Vegas desert; a sure-to-please-everyone, multi-generational TV mini-series about diviners, those miracle workers who bring water to perpetually thirsty (and hungry and love-starved) humankind.Among the wannabees: Vanessa Meandro, hot-tempered head of an indie film company; her harried and varied staff; a Sikh cab driver; a bi-polar bicycle messenger; the Vanderbilt girls; a thriller writer who gives Botox parties; a CEO of network programming whose daughter is Vanessa's doughnut gofer:and a supreme court justice who wants to write the script.The Diviners is a cautionary tale about pointless ambition; a richly detailed look at the interlocking worlds of money, politics, addiction, sex, work, and family in modern America; and a masterpiece of comedy that will bring Rick Moody to a still higher level of appreciation.
Rick Moody was born in New York City and studied at Brown University and Columbia University. He has attracted considerable attention and received lavish praise for four books: Garden State (1992) (winner of the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award), The Ice Storm (1994) (Ang Lee directed a film version released in 1997), Purple America (1997), heralded as Book of the Year by both the New York Times and New York Post and, most recently, his highly acclaimed collection of short stories, Demonology.In 2000, he received a Guggenheim fellowship. His short work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's, Esquire, the Paris Review, The Atlantic and he is a regular contributor to the on-line magazine, McSweeneys. The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, was published in August 2002. He lives on Fishers Island, New York.