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Book Title: The Pink Hotel|
The author of the book: Anna Stothard
Edition: Alma Books Ltd
Date of issue: February 16th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781846881756
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 511 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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I have never been to LA, but this book left me with such a strong and haunting picture of the city: the reader comes away with not just the sights of Venice Beach, but the taste of it, the smell of it, burnt into mind.
The Pink Hotel is quite a strange and heady mix of a story, echoing perfectly the heady strangeness of its setting. There’s a fairy tale quality to the protagonist’s narration (she meets The Giant and the Red Haired Man), but this sweetness builds up into something unexpected; this is an adult’s tale with all the wickedness of perception (“You were chatting me up?” “Don’t pat yourself on the back, I have an awful taste in women.”), weary knowledge, and pertinent questioning that entails.
Our narrator has run away from home on the Finchley Road in London, to LA, to find out about her unknown, now dead, mother, Lily. She sneaks straight into Lily’s wake at the Pink Hotel and collects together a suitcase of the dead woman’s stuff, while the funeral-guests drink and party. Using these physical clues she hunts down those who had real contact with Lily - friends, ex-lovers, employers. She puts on her mother’s clothes, stalks out characters from photos and letters in seedy bars, and starts a relationship with one, all the while fielding calls from an angry father at home and hiding from the Red Haired Man who wants the suitcase back.
If we were going to describe this book in the same way that LA film execs apparently describe the films they want to make, then The Pink Hotel is Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, meets a Sophia Coppola movie, with a Hitchcock twist, in the modern novel form! It’s certainly not chick lit. But if it does get characterized in lazy bookshops as such, perhaps it won’t be such a bad thing, and in a way it would be doing the genre a favour. Because it’s about time we had some chick lit that is this literary, well-written, intelligent and haunting.
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Anna Stothard was born in London, but has lived in Washington DC, Beijing and Los Angeles. Her second novel, The Pink Hotel, came out in 2011 and was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.
She now lives in Chalk Farm, London. Her third novel, The Art of Leaving, is out March 2013. She also writes about travel for The Observer Magazine.
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