The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel

Book - 2013 | 1st U.S. ed.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

"This book moved and provoked me in ways I can't fully articulate....Extraordinary."-- Anna Paquin ( True Blood )

A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mother's life and death among the bars and bedrooms of Los Angeles in this dazzling debut novel.

A raucous, drug-fueled party has taken over a boutique hotel on Venice Beach--it's a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased, free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lily's estranged daughter--and the nameless narrator of this striking novel--is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lily's belongings.

Abandoned by Lily many years ago, she has come a long way to learn about her mother, and the stolen suitcase--stuffed with clothes, letters, and photographs--contains not only a history of her mother's love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mother's former husbands, boyfriends, and acquaintances, a risky reenactment of her life begins to unfold. Lily had a knack for falling in love with the wrong people, and one man, a fashion photographer turned paparazzo, has begun to work his sinuous charms on the young woman.

Told with high style and noirish flare, Anna Stothard's The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250026804
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 21 cm.

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Mar 20, 2013

This book is a bit on the gritty side. The unnamed 17-year-old narrator flies from London to LA, on hearing that the mother she never really knew had died. She ends up at the Pink Hotel, where she steals a pink suitcase that belonged to her mother. The rest of the book is all about her discovering things about her mother and meeting people from her mother's past. The book is definitely engaging, but sometimes the narrator does the most frustrating things.

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