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The Resource The Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye

The Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye

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The Paragon Hotel
Title
The Paragon Hotel
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Lyndsay Faye
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eng
Summary
Fleeing to Oregon from New York City in 1921, Alice James takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence, and navigate painful secrets
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Loan Stars Favourites, 2019
Review
  • Faye (Jane Steele) takes a simultaneously exuberant and weighty approach to historical mystery in her memorable latest. It’s 1921, and Alice James, known as Nobody for her uncanny ability to continually reinvent herself while remaining almost totally forgettable, arrives—complete with bullet wound—in Portland, Ore., after fleeing some bloody history with the New York mob. There, the wounded Nobody, who is white, is taken by a kind and discreet (not to mention attractive) black Pullman porter she’d befriended on the cross-country train ride to the Paragon Hotel, a haven for Portland’s small and increasingly besieged black population. The black community’s anxieties mount when a young boy—who’s been brought up communally by the Paragon’s residents—goes missing. Nobody poses as a journalist while becoming fond of the Paragon’s inhabitants, particularly chanteuse Blossom Fontaine. As Nobody investigates the boy’s disappearance, she is well served by her ability to observe while remaining unnoticed. Nobody gains access to Blossom’s many secrets, as well as those of brilliant-but-fragile white philanthropist Evelina Vaughan, who has her own interest in the missing boy. What starts as a bit of a Prohibition-era crime romp becomes increasingly relevant as issues of mental illness, race, and gender identity take on greater significance. In addition to illuminating Portland’s unsavory history of racism, Faye’s novel vividly illustrates how high the stakes could—and can still—be for those claiming and defending their own identities. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/05/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 45, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 1921, Alice "Nobody" James, who is white, escapes her life as a New York Mafia gun moll with a bullet-shaped souvenir in her side. Hopping a train to anywhere, she meets African American train porter Max, who notes her condition and guides her to the Paragon Hotel, the only all-black hotel in Portland, OR. The owner, Dr. Pendleton, treats Alice even though it's dangerous for black men to associate with white women. So begins Alice's stay at the Paragon, where the residents have their own problems, with the Ku Klux Klan gaining popularity and dead animals left at their door. Alice uses her former skills to aid in the most heart-wrenching problem of all: finding the missing mixed-race boy Davy Lee before the Klan does. Faye ("Timothy Wilde" series; Jane Steele) has meticulously researched the racial tensions and social culture of 1920s Portland, basing the Paragon Hotel on the real Golden West Hotel. Her prose is lush with details, from rich descriptions of the hotel rooms and a diva's Paris gown to citing interesting colloquialisms. VERDICT A treat for those who enjoyed Faye's other novels, as well as fans of historical crime/thrillers. --Jennifer Funk (Reviewed Winter2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 21, p56)
  • /* Starred Review */ A young white woman named Alice James flees Prohibition-era Harlem by rail with an oozing bullet wound and a satchel containing $50,000 in cash. She makes it cross-country to Portland, Oregon, where Max, a kindly, strapping black Pullman porter and World War I veteran, whisks her away to the novel's eponymous hotel, populated mostly with African-Americans besieged by threats from the local Ku Klux Klan. You needn't be an aficionado of crime melodrama or period romance for those two sentences to have you at "Hello," and Faye (Jane Steele, 2016, etc.) more than delivers on this auspicious premise with a ravishing novel that rings with nervy elegance and simmers with gnawing tension. The myriad elements of Faye's saga are carried along by the jaunty, attentive voice of Alice, who came by her nickname "Nobody" as a young girl growing up on the crime-infested Upper West Side of Manhattan, where she acquired the ability to hide in plain sight among the neighborhood's mobsters, leg-breakers, and bootleggers. She calls upon this chameleonlike talent as she embeds herself among her newfound protectors, some of whom are wary of her presence. But Alice has at least one Paragon resident solidly in her corner: the stunning Blossom Fontaine, a dauntingly sophisticated cabaret singer whose own past is as enigmatic and checkered as Alice's. Blossom, Max, and the rest of the hotel's residents dote on a precocious, inquisitive mixed-race child named Davy Lee who vanishes from their sight one afternoon at an amusement park. As the Klan begins to show signs of renewed aggression toward Portland's black citizenry and corrupt cops start throwing their weight around the hotel, Alice is compelled to deploy her street-wise skills with greater urgency to help find Davy Lee. In doing so, she also unravels secrets within secrets that carry deadly and transformative implications for her and for everybody around her. This historical novel, which carries strong reverberations of present-day social and cultural upheavals, contains a message from a century ago that's useful to our own time: "We need to do better at solving things." A riveting multilevel thriller of race, sex, and mob violence that throbs with menace as it hums with wit. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2018)
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10748807
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Faye, Lyndsay
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3606.A96
LC item number
P37 2019
Literary form
fiction
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  • Missing children
  • Race relations
  • Hotels
  • Nineteen twenties
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The Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
422 pages
Isbn
9780735210752
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(hardcover)
Lccn
2018012903
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)1080272331
Label
The Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
422 pages
Isbn
9780735210752
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2018012903
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)1080272331

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