Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday Memes: The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

Happy Friday everybody!
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You're supposing that you hold in your hands a manuscript. A true story I knitted into a fable, tinted with my own brushes, chiseled tappity-tap until its rough edges were erased and nothing but clean smooth autobiography remained.
Friday 56:
"There's not something wrong with Rooster, is there?" Joe inquires, black brows slanting.

"Goodness, I hope not, the man could crush a Packard truck. Does he rub you funny?"
This week I am spotlighting The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. It is a historical mystery. Here is the description from Amazon:
The new and exciting historical thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, which follows Alice "Nobody" from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's the Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.

She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.

Why was "Nobody" Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon's denizens live in fear--and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom Fontaine seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?


  1. She sounds like quite the character. I would like to get to know her better. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. Sounds like an interesting read! Happy wekend!

  3. Sounds tempting...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. I love that beginning. It makes me curious for more. Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend! :)

  5. I really like the writing style in that first paragraph.

  6. I love historical mysteries so I need to look this one up!

  7. Sounds like a wild and exciting read. Enjoy.

  8. Ooh, I'm adding this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  9. Oh this looks good! I like the time period and the premise sounds fascinating.


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