The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard
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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.


About Anna Stothard

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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.
Published April 23, 2013 by Picador. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Arriving in LA too late for the funeral of the mother she never knew, the tough-cookie teenage heroine of this moody, Orange Prize longlisted debut starts her own coming-of-age journey.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 ste

Mar 25 2013 | Read Full Review of The Pink Hotel: A Novel

The Bookbag

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

The New Yorker

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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