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Hotel of the Saints by Ursula Hegi

Hotel of the Saints (2001)

by Ursula Hegi

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Judged a book by it's cover, and it worked out very well. Looking forward to reading more of her work. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
$1 at a $1 store! Brand New. Short stories from Ursula Hegi look refreshing and I like the titles of the stories.

From Moonwalkers -
"He smells of mouthwash and oddly, gladiolas, even though there are no gladiolas in his room. Just Roses. But those I can't smell. Funeral flowers. A scent from the future?
How to grieve when you don't know the language of grief?"
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Good collection of short stories. The last one, "Lower Crossing" was an emotional tale. ( )
  jules72653 | Jul 11, 2010 |
Good collection of short stories. Solid writing and interesting characters: she balances narratives too. Sometimes it is from a female perspective and sometimes a male, older and younger which is wonderful. ( )
  writergal85 | Oct 4, 2009 |
This was a well written book of short stories. She's a great story-teller because with short stories, it's much harder to get your readers to live in the moment of the characters, and I thought she did that beautifully. ( )
  cameling | Jul 5, 2008 |
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From the first story Hotel of the Saints:

Lenny's mother, the starch queen, is baking for her brother's funeral; cinnamon cookies and blackberry pies, garlic bread and her own recipe of poppyseed strudel.
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With her passion for storytelling and her elegant prose, Ursula Hegi balances us on that magical border where laughter and sorrow become one. She knows the language of pleasure, the language of grace, the language of grief. A writer of great insight and imagination, Hegi manifesdts her bold range of vision as she enters the perspectives of lovers and loners, eccentrics and artitist, children and parents: a young man waits in a hospital room with his father, who has received the heart of a twenty-seven-year-old woman; a musician tries to protect her daughter from loving a blind man; a seminary student yearns for the certainty of faith that belonged to him as a boy; a woman transcends her embarrassment for her first love, who has tripled in size; a feud between two brothers contaminates and redeems their hometown.

Hegi's bicultural background enriches these eleven vibrant and luminous stories that are set in Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the US. From within this geographic diversity emerge the common themes as Hegi's characters take risks in searching out the unique place where faith thrives for each of them-a run-down hotel, the currents of Cabo San Lucas, an animal shelter, the embrace of an ex-convict.
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Anyone who revels in the slow, gentle pace and cumulative power of Ursula Hegi's writing (Stones from the River) will delight in the 11 stories in Hotel of the Saints. In the title piece, a young Jesuit brother helps his aunt redecorate her hotel in a kitschy, irreverent celebration of the saints (the toilet seat in St. Sebastien's room is replaced with an old wooden one that pinches the user). In "Moonwalkers," a young man stands by his father's hospital bedside after his heart transplant, inwardly reviewing their troubled relationship while his father drifts into memorylike reverie of the 27-year-old woman whose donated heart beats inside him. "Lower Crossing" is about putting to sleep an elderly family dog--a friend, essentially, whose life is in the narrator's hands. Some of these stories seem underdeveloped, but all have an emotional force that eddies out from their often minor premises. These are lovely short works from one of America's best novelists. --Regina Marler

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