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The Pink Hotel | [Anna Stothard]
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The Pink Hotel

A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she has been estranged since her childhood. Stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum's bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling around Los Angeles, returning love letters and photographs to the men who had known her mother.
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A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she has been estranged since her childhood. Stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum's bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling around Los Angeles, returning love letters and photographs to the men who had known her mother. But as she discovers more about Lily's past and tries to re-enact her life, she comes to question the foundations of her own.

©2012 Anne Stothard (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The quality of her writing is remarkable." (Helen Dunmore)

"She breathes new life into old literature" (Fay Weldon)

"Matters of personal identity underlie an exhilarating ride through LA's seamier side in the company of a hard-bitten yet highly engaging protagonist" (The Daily Mail)

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    web lady London 28/01/2013
    web lady London 28/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written and narrated"

    I downloaded this on a whim having heard about the writer’s next book, due out later this year. While it’s a little hard to empathise with the protagonist sometimes, the narration is superb – great accents and you can really visualise the characters. But the main thing is the descriptive writing, which is amazing. It’s so evocative of the places, the people, the atmosphere. You can smell the scorching, sticky heat of LA wafting off the pages (or rather, out of the car speakers). Loved it. If I’d had the time to listen in one go, I would have! Definitely recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bronda 13/03/2013
    Bronda 13/03/2013
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    "Listless narration"

    I couldn't get on with the monotonous narration, very disappointed. Perhaps the story improved as it went on, however I found it almost as boring as the dull voice of the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne BURNLEY, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Suzanne BURNLEY, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my cup of tea at all"

    I really did not like the story or the characters. Quite well read but spoilt by the story. Quite depressing really.

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    Linden BROMLEY, United Kingdom 29/06/2013
    Linden BROMLEY, United Kingdom 29/06/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Complete absorption"

    I just loved this book! The narration was absolutely superb and the characterisation tremendous. It drew me in, and I lived with the main character for many happy hours. The story was beautifully crafted and totally believable, and I was not sure of the ending until I came to it. The twist was not foreseen by me. I loved the flaws in the characters too - no black and white (in a characterisation sense!) here. Just charming

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    Roisin Wellington, New Zealand 29/05/2013
    Roisin Wellington, New Zealand 29/05/2013
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    "take it back"

    Not sure how interesting the story really is. I was underwhelmed by the plot. I did find it difficult to concentrate and never really got drawn into the mystery so perhaps I wandered too much and didnt pay attention. I returned the book as I didnt really want to give it another go. Best read other reviews to make up your mind

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    Emily Tavistock, United Kingdom 12/05/2013
    Emily Tavistock, United Kingdom 12/05/2013 Member Since 2013

    Book lover...

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    "Bit slow... But LOVED IT"

    Like I said it took me a good hour or two into the book before I became hooked, but it's a really beautiful story and isn't over done like so many story's can be. It had a nice layed back pace to it which was a nice change for me. It also had some really stunning language and the way Anna stothard writes is lovely.

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    Michael Evesham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Michael Evesham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "Well Observed"

    This was certainly not a typical read for me - I had little idea what sort of story I was getting into. After the first few chapters I was wondering if I should continue when I got hooked on the story and wanted to follow the characters through to the end. Haunting at times. (Not sure if that quite conveys what I mean but came to me which writing.)

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    Becky Bodmin, United Kingdom 12/04/2013
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    "Not for me."

    I listened to this in its entirety hoping that it would justify my perseverance in the end. It didn't, I found it dull and bland. I don't think I will try this author again.

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    Helen United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Helen United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012

    I love reading crime fiction, and interesting stories. I enjoy 'reading' on my commute though crying whilst driving is not recommended.

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    "Ok story - passed the time"

    Not my normal type of book. Not a lot happened and it seemed to take a long time for not a lot to happen. It was well narrated but just not my type of story. I was expecting a journey around America and the descriptions this would enable but I was to be disappointed.

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    SallieF1 07/04/2013
    SallieF1 07/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Twists and turns that you don't expect"

    I've got to be honest, I selected this book as it as reduced and thought it could while away a few hours on the sun bed while on holiday.



    I really enjoyed the story and became absorbed, feeling all the colours described and the warmth of sun during this adventure. The story is brought to life such that you smell and feel everything.



    A nice little break from reality, give it a go.





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