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Hotel Paradise (Paperback)

Author:  Martha Grimes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345394259
ISBN-13: 9780345394255
Sku: 30049883
Publish Date: 6/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  448
At a rundown, once-fashionable lakefront resort hotel in a small town, a twelve-year-old girl becomes obsessed with the drowning death of another young girl forty years earlier, a fascination that has deadly repercussions in the present *Author: Grimes, Martha *Publication Date: 1997/06/01 *Number of Pages: 438 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00
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"ONLY THE MAGNIFICENT MARTHA GRIMES COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK. . . . BRILLIANTLY RENDERED AND SUPERBLY TEXTURED."--Andrew VachssA neglected lake, covered with water lilies. A once fashionable, now faded resort. A derelict house full of secrets, uninhabited for almost half a century. The death of a twelve-year-old girl forty years in the past. And another girl who becomes obsessed with this death. With her knack for encouraging adults to reminisce, she begins to piece together puzzles from the past and present.HOTEL PARADISE is a delicate yet disturbing view of the decisions a young girl must make on her way to becoming an adult . . . and the choices she must make between right and wrong, love and truth, life and death. With its narrative grace, compelling characters, and intricate suspense, HOTEL PARADISE is Martha Grimes at the top of her form."Utterly engaging."--The Washington Post Book WorldA once fashionable, now fading resort hotel; a spinster aunt living in the attic; dirt roads that lead to dead ends; pettiness and cruelty in small-town America; a 12-year-old girl with a passion for double-chocolate ice cream sodas and an obsession with the death by drowning of another young girl 40 year before. It is a death that, like all shocking events in the past, has repercussions in the present--deadly repercussions. Hotel Paradise is Martha Grimes at the top of her form.
Twelve-year-old Emma Graham lives and works at the Hotel Paradise in La Porte. She becomes fascinated with a 40-year-old mystery--the death of 12-year-old Mary Ellen Devereaux who drowned in the middle of the night, alone and wearing her best dress. The resolute Emma questions all those in her town who remember anything about the case and goes through a host of machinations to uncover the truth.


"'Hotel Paradise' is brilliantly rendered and superbly textured, yes--but it is the amazing voice of a wonderful girl that provides such unique narrative force and lyrical beauty. If this book is a `mystery,' it's the mystery of life itself. As a reader I was enthralled. As a writer I was struck mute with jealousy." - Andrew Vachss 05/12/1996

Kirkus Reviews
"The originality here--the convention of a radically disempowered detective set against a densely imagined but indifferent world--will remind some readers of Barbara Vine, other's of the Henry James of, 'In the Cage'. It shows off Grimes's gifts for extravagant digression beautifully."

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Unlike the page-turning mysteries that are plot driven, this book pulls you along slowly. It is rich with metaphor and imaginative characters....Meandering and atmospheric, the novel reads with the ease of a daydream....The author proves herself a writer of delicate sensibility whose work is notable for its delightfully quirky details, insightful perceptions into human relationships, and graceful prose." 05/26/1996

Washington Post Book World
"What Emma discovers in pursuit of Mary-Evelyn is simple enough...but the rewards of Grimes's novel have more to do with what Emma learned before the story began, in the Abigail Butte County Library. 'Hotel Paradise' in the end, is first and foremost about 'the comfort of words.'" - Alice McDermott 06/23/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0448
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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