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 alters the office environment - ultimately requiring all five coworkers to redefine their relationships to one another.
As Dr. Strub's romantic life is thrown into turmoil, Dr. Markowitz is faced with the dire illness of his own wife and the secret life she has kept from him. Nurse Alicia withdraws to focus on her prodigy son; receptionist Caroline enters into a strange romance she previously would have dismissed; and office manager Brice, his once-ordered world disintegrating, is set dangerously adrift.
Finally, a questionable business venture that evolves into financial scandal precipitates a monstrous tragedy that threatens to destroy everyone involved.
Warm, moving, and witty, The Office of Desire offers an insightful look at human nature that will appeal to those who loved Moody's previous novel and anyone else who has worked in an office.
©2007 Martha Moody; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"A provocative, intensely moving novel of ideas and opposing philosophies presented by deeply flawed, deeply human characters." (Kirkus)
Do you sometimes wonder why you can't get a doctor's appointment for three weeks? Does it ever occur to you that the doctor's office staff might be gossiping about you? Does your doc seem only mildly interested as he/she looks down your throat or pokes your abdomen? And why were you billed for that procedure that was never done? These questions and more are addressed in appealing and irreverent detail as this novel recounts the lives, loves and laughs of a medical practice and comes up with some very compelling story lines and salient insights. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Five stars!
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