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The Lord's Motel: A Novel
     

The Lord's Motel: A Novel

by Gail Donohue Storey, Gail D. Storey
 

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In this insightful, touching, and funny novel, the author shows the absurdities of modern life as a single librarian sorts out her life moving from one relationship to another. Along the way everything from love and sex to prisons and makeovers is delightfully narrated.

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In this insightful, touching, and funny novel, the author shows the absurdities of modern life as a single librarian sorts out her life moving from one relationship to another. Along the way everything from love and sex to prisons and makeovers is delightfully narrated.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A perfect example of the novel as soap bubble, this slight, lightly ironic first effort absorbs the reader but leaves little of substance behind. Told in the first person, it is the story of Colleen Sweeney, a 30-something ``codependent'' product of an alcoholic father and a battered mother. Having escaped to Houston, Colleen runs the Service-to-the-Unserved van for her local library, and lives in an apartment building called the Lord's Motel, complete with a crazed-but-empathetic New Age superintendent and three female neighbors. She has been looking for love in all the wrong places--specifically, with a psychologically abusive cruise ship director--but her chance for redemption is imminent. The narrative flies from subject to subject and setting to setting (prisons, houses of prostitution, emergency rooms), alighting so briefly that the potential of some weighty social issues is never developed. This is not a bad technique--too much attention to any one subject might have made the book maudlin. Moving though the fiction often is, however, the author's light touch finally saps her words of an ability to leave an imprint. The bubble of her work, which reflects truths of love, sex and family, eventually bursts, leaving an impression of evanescence. 10,000 first printing; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The Lord's Motel is a hilarious and poignant first novel about love, the singles scene, and the absurdities of modern life. Colleen Sweeney, a librarian in Houston specializing in service to the unserved, is in love with Mr. Wrong--Web Desiderio--a playboy and social director on a cruise ship. Web leads Colleen into an arrest for prostitution. Then, when one of her homebound patrons is rushed to the emergency room, Colleen meets Mr. Right--Dr. Gabriel Benedict--who is horrified by her past. Throughout her adventures, Colleen is supported by her friends from the Lord's Motel, the unusual apartment building in which she lives. A lively and eccentric cast of characters, an offbeat plot, and a spunky heroine make for light and enjoyable reading. Recommended.-- Stephanie Furtsch, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892551781
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
08/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

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