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"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.
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About the Author
Anna Stothard studied English at Oxford and then moved to Los Angeles, where she was awarded a screenwriting scholarship with the masters program at the American Film Institute. She is currently living in Chalk Farm, London, and writing her next novel.
Anna Stothard studied English at Oxford and then moved to Los Angeles, where she was awarded a screenwriting scholarship with the masters program at the American Film Institute. She is the author of The Pink Hotel. She is currently living in Chalk Farm, London, and writing her next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book due to the BN recco in it's weekly review. There were not reader reviews yet and I normally wait to read those. My mistake that I won't make again. For me, the book had very little plot, i.e., not much happened but a series of conversations between characters over a few weeks time (with a few light flashbacks). And the characters were not very deep or interesting or worthy in my view. I kept waiting to see if the story went to an interesting place, but it never did. Overall, the book just left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't like to be so negative as I'm sure some people will enjoy it. But I will wait to see what a broad spectrum think of these books in future.
A really good coming of age novel. It reminded me of the White Oleander. Would love to see this as a movie.