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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

“This book moved and provoked me in ways I cant fully articulate....Extraordinary.”—Anna Paquin (True Blood)

A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mothers 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—its a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased, free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lilys estranged daughter—and the nameless narrator of this striking novel—is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lilys 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 mothers love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mothers 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 Stothards The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

Review:

"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 stepmother, the unnamed girl sets off to learn more about the enchanting woman she barely knew. Lily turns out to have been a glamorous disaster, leaving a run-down party hotel and string of broken hearts in her wake. Clad in her dead mother's clothing, the girl blazes her own trail from the clues she finds in a suitcase stolen from Lily's apartment, hitting up old acquaintances and having sex with men from Lily's past. Keeping her identity a secret, the girl develops a relationship with a paparazzo Lily once modeled for, playing a dangerous game of subterfuge. The girl's self-destructive nature, along with other characteristics and motivations, remains unexplained, creating an unpredictable ride. Although these wanderings and discoveries about Lily never quite crystallize, Stothard's vivid descriptions of L.A.'s seedy underbelly make for an engaging read. Agent: Charlie Campbell, the Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE

“This book moved and provoked me in ways I cant fully articulate....Extraordinary.”—Anna Paquin (True Blood)

A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mothers 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—its a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased, free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lilys estranged daughter—and the nameless narrator of this striking novel—is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lilys 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 mothers love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mothers 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 Stothards The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

Synopsis:

“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 mothers 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---its a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lilys estranged daughter---and the nameless narrator of this striking novel---is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lilys 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 mothers love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mothers 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 Stothards The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250026804
Author:
Stothard, Anna
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Anna Stothard
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper with Flaps
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
Coming of Age

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Product details 288 pages Picador USA - English 9781250026804 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 stepmother, the unnamed girl sets off to learn more about the enchanting woman she barely knew. Lily turns out to have been a glamorous disaster, leaving a run-down party hotel and string of broken hearts in her wake. Clad in her dead mother's clothing, the girl blazes her own trail from the clues she finds in a suitcase stolen from Lily's apartment, hitting up old acquaintances and having sex with men from Lily's past. Keeping her identity a secret, the girl develops a relationship with a paparazzo Lily once modeled for, playing a dangerous game of subterfuge. The girl's self-destructive nature, along with other characteristics and motivations, remains unexplained, creating an unpredictable ride. Although these wanderings and discoveries about Lily never quite crystallize, Stothard's vivid descriptions of L.A.'s seedy underbelly make for an engaging read. Agent: Charlie Campbell, the Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE

“This book moved and provoked me in ways I cant fully articulate....Extraordinary.”—Anna Paquin (True Blood)

A seventeen-year-old girl pieces together the mystery of her mothers 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—its a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased, free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lilys estranged daughter—and the nameless narrator of this striking novel—is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lilys 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 mothers love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mothers 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 Stothards The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

"Synopsis" by ,

“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 mothers 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---its a memorial for Lily, the now-deceased free-spirited proprietress of the place. Little do the attendees know that Lilys estranged daughter---and the nameless narrator of this striking novel---is among them, and she has just walked off with a suitcase of Lilys 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 mothers love life, but perhaps also the key to her own identity. As the tough, resourceful narrator tracks down her mothers 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 Stothards The Pink Hotel is a powerfully evocative debut novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, and how we discover ourselves.

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