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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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In Stothard's gritty but elegant U.S. debut, an English teenager travels alone to Los Angeles after the death of her estranged mother, Lily. Expelled from school and struggling with her father and steMar 25 2013 | Read Full Review of The Pink Hotel: A Novel
Unfortunately she arrives too late for the funeral, but finding the pink hotel her mother owned, she walks in on the wake.Mar 19 2012 | Read Full Review of The Pink Hotel: A Novel
Impulsively, she steals Lily’s suitcase — filled with clothes, letters, and photographs — much to Richard’s ire, and spends one long, hot, swampy summer following the clues in the letters and photographs, and tracking down the men in Lily’s life, all in a determined attempt to know her.May 09 2013 | Read Full Review of The Pink Hotel: A Novel
A daughter embarks on an investigation of her mother’s world, and slowly accrues details of a life of drugs, motorcycles, and love affairs.Jun 10 2013 | Read Full Review of The Pink Hotel: A Novel
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