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The Pink Hotel (Picador USA)
We are very excited to have Anna Stothard and Davy Rothbart together in conversation at Skylight! You know Rothbart as the founder of the book/magazine series FOUND. Stothard's debut novel, THE PINK HOTEL, is generating a dizzying amount of buzz. Catch them in conversation here at Skylight Books.
"Startling....The Pink Hotel is a spellbinding story about identity and inheritance, and how we know who we are."--The Daily Beast
"Astonishingly good...Stothard's writing is accomplished and very engaging."--The Times (London)
"Matters of personal identity underlie an exhilarating ride through L.A.'s seamier side in the company of a hard-bitten yet highly engaging protagonist."--Daily Mail (London)
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.
ANNA STOTHARD studied English at Oxford and then moved to Los Angeles, where she was awarded a screenwriting scholarship with the masters program at the American Film Institute. She is currently living in Chalk Farm, London, and writing her next novel.
DAVY ROTHBART is a frequent contributor to This American Life and a variety of magazines, the founder of Found Magazine and the editor of its various bestselling anthologies, and the author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He splits his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California. His fourth book, My Heart Is an Idiot, will be available in paperback this September.
Anna Sthothard photo by Charlie Hopkinson
Davy Rothbart photo by Dan Busta