Strange Hotel

by Eimmar McBride


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Emotionally complex precision

About this book:

From the multi-award-winning author of the literary phenomenon A ‘Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’.

At the mid-point of her life a woman enters an Avignon hotel room. She’s been here once before – but while the room hasn’t changed, she is a different person now. Forever caught between check-in and check-out, she will go on to occupy other hotel rooms, from Prague to Oslo, Auckland to Austin, each as anonymous as the last, but bound by rules of her choosing. There, amid the detritus of her travels, the matchbooks, cigarettes, keys and room-service wine, she will negotiate with memory, with the men she sometimes meets, and with what it might mean to return home.

This is fiction to work with, a stream of consciousness novella that more than repays the effort it takes. There is such truth here, it is a sublime piece of writing.

‘A powerful demonstration of her ability to marshal words to peerless effect…a finely controlled, complex and emotionally absorbing novel.’ – The Financial Times ‘Richly written and wholly absorbing.’
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