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Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices by…

Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011)

by Jennie Shortridge (Contributor), Kathleen Alcala (Contributor), Matthew Amster-Burton (Contributor), Kit Bakke (Contributor), Erica Bauermeister (Contributor)31 more, Sean Beaudoin (Contributor), Dave Boling (Contributor), Deb Caletti (Contributor), Carol Cassella (Contributor), William Dietrich (Contributor), Robert Dugoni (Contributor), Kevin Emerson (Contributor), Karen Finneyfrock (Contributor), Clyde Ford (Contributor), Jamie Ford (Contributor), Elizabeth George (Contributor), Mary Guterson (Contributor), Maria Dahvana Headley (Contributor), Teri Hein (Contributor), Stephanie Kallos (Contributor), Erik Larson (Contributor), David Lasky (Contributor), Stacey Levine (Contributor), Frances McCue (Contributor), Jarret Middleton (Contributor), Peter Mountford (Contributor), Kevin O'Brien (Contributor), Julia Quinn (Contributor), Nancy Rawles (Contributor), Suzanne Selfors (Contributor), Ed Skoog (Contributor), Garth Stein (Contributor), Greg Stump (Contributor), Indu Sundaresan (Contributor), Craig Welch (Contributor), Susan Wiggs (Contributor)

Other authors: Nancy Pearl (Foreword)

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So wanted to like this! ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 18, 2018 |
36 authors, 1 story ( )
  cjordan916 | Mar 3, 2018 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Honestly not sure how to feel about this book. It wasn't what I expected, so I think that my own expectations (and to be honest, my experience with the ebook publisher) filtered my experience with this story too much to be an honest reviewer. However, if you enjoy books with a quirky atmosphere and don't mind consciously knowing when a story changes authorial hands, then you might very well enjoy it! ( )
  MissWoodhouse1816 | Feb 22, 2014 |
My initial interest in this book came about through my love of Karen Finneyfrock's poetry, but it grew once I learned that this book was created as a part of The Novel: Live. The project was an attempt to have 36 writers take part in a week-long writing marathon live on stage, in which the story would be passed from writer to writer and result in a complete novel. Hotel Angeline is the result of those efforts.

Due to the nature of its creation, there are some holes in the plot here and there and some slight disjointedness, and you definitely get a taste of each writer's style (one author presented their chapter in comic book format), which was most recognizable in the dialog. But I was surprised by just how coherent the story is. Each chapter is by a different author and most are written from Alexis' point of view, but her character remained consistent. She's a girl caught up in the madness of her situation, who becomes very lost very quickly.

There are a slew of interesting characters, including a woman who lives as a pirate, Habib the rave, LJ the not-all-there hippy, and many more. If you ignore the unique process of creation, you still have a good story thats twists into surprising and unexpected directions with an unlimately satisfying conclusion. A good read. ( )
3 vote andreablythe | Nov 21, 2012 |
I didn't expect to like Hotel Angeline. After the first couple of chapters I was tempted to put it down. OK, it was funny and a brave effort at performance art by 36 authors writing in 2-hour stretches in front of an audience, but that doesn't make it a great or even a good novel, right? I was very frustrated by the inability of Alexis to learn from the people around her what her reality was. Are all 14-year olds this dense?! Somewhere around the middle of the book, I began to care about her, to hope that she would somehow get herself out of this unholy mess. Finally, I began to see her yearning for normalcy, the desire to be a child again - protected, cared for, loved. We all wish for this sometimes and I am glad that Alexis had the good fortune to find a way. Definitely worth it in the end. ( )
1 vote krazy4katz | Jan 2, 2012 |
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Alcala, KathleenContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Amster-Burton, MatthewContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bakke, KitContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauermeister, EricaContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Part of the reason I love living in Seattle is that there are two strong communities -- one of writers and one of readers.
This novel was born one afternoon when Jennie Shortridge and I attended a planning meeting for a month-long arts festival to take place in Seattle.
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Halfway up the basement steps of the Hotel Angeline, laden with a heavy stack of industrial sheets and towels, Alexis Austin was beginning to think that perhaps she'd taken on too heavy a load.
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Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page.

Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother’s absence.

The quirky tenants—a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by—rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad’s dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows.

Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected.
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"Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mourtuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother's absence. The quirky tenants - a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by - rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad's dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows." -- From back cover.… (more)

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