During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. She published her first novel The Voyage Out in 1915, through the Hogarth Press, a publishing house that she established with her husband, Leonard Woolf. Her best-known works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929).
Rich is an alumnus of Yale University, where he studied literature. After graduation he worked on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books. He moved to San Francisco to write San Francisco Noir, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best books of 2005. That year he was hired as an editor by The Paris Review.
The Mayor's Tongue was described by Carolyn See in The Washington Post as a "playful, highly intellectual novel about serious subjects -- the failure of language, for one, and how we cope with that failure in order to keep ourselves sane."
NPR's Alan Cheuse called Odds Against Tomorrow a "brilliantly conceived and extremely well-executed novel...a knockout of a book." Cathleen Schine wrote, in the New York Review of Books, "Let's just, right away, recognize how prescient this charming, terrifying, comic novel of apocalyptic manners is...Rich is a gifted caricaturist and a gifted apocalyptist. His descriptions of the vagaries of both nature and human nature are stark, fresh, and convincing, full of surprise and recognition as both good comedy and good terror must be."
Rich is the son of New York Magazine writer and former New York Times columnist Frank Rich, and brother of writer Simon Rich.
Delia Byrd is a native of Cayro, Georgia, and a recovering alcoholic who lives in Los Angeles with her surly ten-year-old daughter, Cissy. Celia is the former lead singer of the obscure blues-rock band Mud Dog. Cissies father, Randall, another member of Mud Dog, is killed in a motorcycle accident in the opening scene of the novel. Grief-stricken and penniless Delia packs up her daughter and drives almost non-stop cross-country back to Cayro. After a disappointing reunion with the grandfather who raised her, Delia enrolls Cissy at the local school and gets a job as a cleaning woman.
Delia has another two daughters by abusive Clint, a man she is still married to. These teenagers, Dede and Amanda, live with their paternal grandmother who has custody for them, a puritanical pious old witch. Delia embarks on an odyssey to rescue them. Failing to make headway with the devious grandmother Delia in desperation approaches Clint, who is gravely ill with cancer. He is willing to persuade his mother to give up control over her granddaughters if Delia moves back in with him and provides his care until he dies. After thoroughly cleaning the house, Delia moves all three girls in.
Things between Delia and her daughters are tense at first. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is as rigid and religion obsessed as her grandmother, frequently telling Cissy that she is going to hell. Dede is a sexually precocious twelve-year-old who likes to smoke cigarettes. They initially ignore their mother and younger sister - while hating their father, remembering the times he assaulted Delia. Cissy, unable to get along with any of her female relatives, takes pity on the bedridden Clint and begins reading to him. Eventually, Clint tells her about the early days of his marriage to Delia, expressing remorse about what he did to her.
Cavedweller was made into a 2004 film by Lisa Cholodenko(born April 11, 1949) is an American writer from South Carolina whose writing focuses on class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism.