Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices [NOOK Book]

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Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page.
 

 
Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former ...
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Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices

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Overview


Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page.
 

 
Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother’s absence.
 
The quirky tenants—a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by—rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad’s dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows.
 
Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Working on crafting the story into Hotel Angeline has been a pleasure. There’s something about this project that glows when you hold it in your hands, and I hope the readers feel that glow, too.” —Garth Stein
 
“This may well be the craziest—but best—thing I've ever been part of. The camaraderie of the authors, the excitement of the audience (live and online), even the long hours it took to bring it all together, were joyous and moving. Words flowing from an author’s mind through fingers to keyboard to projection screen? Absolutely incredible.” —Jennie Shortridge
 
Hotel Angeline is a unique writing project, and it’s a testament to what a group of focused, talented, and determined writers can produce when inspired to do something good for the world.” —Susan Wiggs
 
“Working on Hotel Angeline was hands down the best two-hour, multi-authored, improvised, live-broadcast, literary advocacy writing experience I had all of last year! I loved it!” —Sean Beaudoin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453212318
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 130,480
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Garth Stein

A Seattle7Writers project for literacy, this novel was written by Kathleen Alcalá, Matthew Amster-Burton, Kit Bakke, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, William Dietrich, Robert Dugoni, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock, Clyde Ford, Jamie Ford, Elizabeth George, Mary Guterson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Teri Hein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, David Lasky, Stacey Levine, Frances McCue, Jarret Middleton, Peter Mountford, Kevin O'Brien, Julia Quinn, Nancy Rawles, Suzanne Selfors, Jennie Shortridge, Ed Skoog, Garth Stein, Greg Stump, Indu Sundaresan, Craig Welch and Susan Wiggs. Foreword by Nancy Pearl. Introduction by Garth Stein.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Garth Stein shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself:
I've climbed Mt. Rainier
I've explored the deepest cave in North America
I've acted with Carol Channing
I've ridden my bicycle to Alaska
I've met Bill Clinton
I've played basketball with Slick Watts
I've bathed in the Dead Sea...I've piloted a boat in the Suez Canal
I've paddled an outrigger in the Java Sea
I've fathered three sons whom I love very, very much
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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington, USA
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 6, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      BA Columbia University, Columbia College, '87, MFA Columbia University, School of the Arts, '90
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    To below

    'Abnormal relationships?' Seriously? There is nothing bad about not being heterosexual. To me you sound like a jerk and a discriminator. Get a life.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Very interesting concept!

    Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices is unique in that it is one complete novel written by 36 distinct authors. Each chapter represents the work of one author. The novel was originally written in front of a live audience during an event was called The Novel: Live!. Given the parameters of the original event, the outcome is pretty incredible.

    Hotel Angeline centers around fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin, who lives in a former mortuary turned hotel. The basement is filled with coffins leftover from the mortuary business. The hotel houses several long-term residents, including a pirate with a peg leg and a bonsai gardener. Alexis' mother, also the hotel manager, is sick and no one has seen her for a while. In her absence, Alexis takes over and tries to run the hotel, dealing with everything from repairing the plumbing to serving afternoon tea. Alexis soon finds herself overburdened with grown-up responsibilities. What's a girl to do? Go on a wild adventure and try to save the hotel from creditors! The long-term residents are like family to Alexis and she cannot bear to see them (or herself) lose their home.

    Even though the novel is written by 36 different authors, the change in writing is mostly unnoticeable. There were only a handful of chapters where the writing style seemed noticeably different to me. In the foreword, librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl recommends that you read the novel once without noticing the author and a second time paying attention. I was not familiar with many of the authors so I did not have a need to pay close attention to which chapter went with which author on my first reading. I plan to go back through and take note of who wrote the chapters that I enjoyed the most.

    Disclosure: I received a free e-galley from the publisher, Open Road Media, via NetGalley.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    A different type of novel

    This turned out different than I thought it would: more serious, but still pretty zany. Some moments of dark humor, some drama, a bit of mystery. Despite the fact that 36 authors contributed to the story, I thought the plot flowed well. Most of it is written from the perspective of the 14 year old heroine, Alexis. For a time, I had trouble with how Alexis was responding to events until I realized I was thinking with the mind of a grown woman. How WOULD a scared, confused, and inexperienced 14 year old girl react to these circumstances? With that in mind, I saw Alexis in a new light. I was pleased with how her story evolved.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Highly recommended. Great Story

    I have read everything Garth Stein has written and as with all the others this one was a great read. The characters were well developed and allowed you to feel what they were experiencing. My favorite by Garth Stein was The Art of Racing in the Rain. Wow what a great story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Alexis turns out to be gay

    Chapter 2 several comments are made that give a suspsion of an abnormal relationship between Alexis and Linda. I skimmed last few chapters to confrim. I would never have bought this book if I kmow this from the "details". I feel cheated out of my money. Some people like me don't care to read about abnormale relationships. This information should be identified up front in the " details". Shame on these authors for being deceptive.

    If they are proud of their work then they should not have to hide its true nature.

    2 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great idea but not a great book

    LOVE the concept of how this book was written, but do not love that the authors tried to outdo each other to make the story take turns that are too unpleasant to want to spend time with their characters. You will want to quit reading part-way through but you'll hope later authors redeem the story, but they don't.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    An impressive piece of work for 36 writers!

    Death can arrive abruptly and unexpectedly, and it could not come at an inopportune time for Alexis and the family-owned Hotel Angeline. Left to her own devices, how is a 14-year-old supposed to take care of herself and figure out how to prevent anyone from selling the hotel? The answer lies in the hands of 36 authors who tackle the challenge of writing about the same characters and story but still putting their own unique twists and turns.

    Hotel Angeline reminds me that I still need to read Naked Came The Manatee at some point. I think these Seattle writers have pulled together a good story that will delight those of us who love a good surprise turn of events, which include a few illustrations or two. The writing is unquestionably splendid, and Alexis stayed in character despite being passed from one author to the next. I only wished there had been a little more humor stirred into the story, but understandably multiple authors from multiple genres may have difficulty with writing the same comedic energy and that would destroy the fluidity of the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Wonderful Book

    I really enjoyed this book. Having several authors did not detract indeed, it made it more interesting. I wonder how the books would vary if each author were given a bare-bones outline and asked to write an entire novel with more time allowed. Joan Duncan Linville

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 28, 2013

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Interesting, a novel approach to writing a novel!

    An interesting exercise in committee writing. But like many committee efforts, the final product is far from perfect. But an interesting plot keeps one mildly interested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Hidy

    Walks out.l

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Enjoy the pool every body

    - Room service

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 4, 2013

    Isabel

    ANY BOYS HERE ARE SINGLE ;)

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    Posted April 4, 2013

    Vivian

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