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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE



NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE



"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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