LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012
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 out 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 novel about wish fulfillment, reckless impulse, how we discover ourselves…
“This book moved and provoked me in ways I can’t fully articulate. I am incredibly excited to transform Anna Stothard’s extraordinary work into a film I hope we will both be proud of.” Anna Paquin (Trueblood)
“The Pink Hotel is mysterious, lyrical, and utterly absorbing, by turns funny and forlorn. Her writing bristles with sexiness and suspense, love, loss, and longing. This is the best book I’ve read in years.” Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is An Idiot.
“How well do we really know other people — or ourselves? That’s the provocative question that drives Anna Stothard’s astonishing American debut.” The Boston Globe
“Stylish… captures an outsider’s gape at sun-drenched Los Angeles.” The New York Times
“Astonishingly good … Stothard’s writing is accomplished and very engaging.” Kate Saunders, The Times
“Startling….The Pink Hotel is a spellbinding story about identity and inheritance, and how we know who we are.” The Daily Beast
A “gritty but elegant U.S. debut…Stothard’s vivid descriptions of L.A.’s seedy underbelly make for an engaging read.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Completely engrossing,” Nylon Magazine
“Matters of personal identity underlie an exhilarating ride through LA’s seamier side in the company of a hard-bitten yet highly engaging protagonist.” Ross Gilfillan, The Mail
“A poignant novel about identity, and a love/hate letter to LA.” Glamour Magazine
“An elegant noirish mystery.” Amanda Craig, The Independent
“A gently transgressive, transatlantic quest that conjures up both the languid heat of LA and the confusions of a young woman on the cusp.” The Lady
“A slow burn classic in the making.” Anne Brook, Vulpes Libris
“Anna Stothard’s descriptions are almost like a painting – the reader finds themselves slap bang in the middle of the America that is rarely shown in film or novels.” Anne Cater, NewBooks
“Anna Stothard’s dark debut Isabel and Rocco, written while the author was still at school, was a McEwan-esque tale about two teenage siblings left to fend for themselves. Her second novel, set amongst the naval-gazers of California, proves no less precocious.” Emma Hagestadt, The Independent
“A beautiful book.” Anna Paquin, RED magazine
“Unapologetically sordid and deeply moving,” The Truth About Books
“I would recommend it to anyone old enough to have been in love even to the point of obsession, or who knows how it feels to have your skin ‘lift and tingle’ a moment before impact. There’s no age limit on this self-contained and extraordinary book,” Ka Bradley, Fiction Uncovered