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The Paragon Hotel

(2019)
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A gun moll with a knack for disappearing flees from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James has just arrived in Oregon with a bullet wound, a lifetime's experience battling the New York Mafia, and fifty thousand dollars in illicit cash. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of home and who saves Alice by leading her to the Paragon Hotel. But her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be an all-black hotel in a Jim Crow city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises.

As she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she understands their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, electing officials, infiltrating newspapers, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice and her new Paragon "family" are searching for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the woods. To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.

A richly imagined novel starring two indomitable heroines, The Paragon Hotel at once plumbs the darkest parts of America's past and the most redemptive facets of humanity. From international-bestselling, multi-award-nominated writer Lyndsay Faye, it's a masterwork of historical suspense.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"From the opening scene, this novel had me in its grip. Faye delivers a riveting story filled with unforgettable characters and stunning prose, while never flinching from the painful truths surrounding America’s legacy of racial injustice. A remarkable, significant novel." - Fiona Davis

"Full of wry wit, dark humor and magnificent period details, THE PARAGON HOTEL is a wickedly poetic tour de force." - Laura Lane McNeal

"A novel at once thrilling and wise, historic and timely. ‘Nobody’ is somebody who will stay with you long after you turn the last page." - Natasha Solomons

"Gangsters and prostitutes, nightclub singers and dodgy cops, an African-American hotel under constant threat of violence . . . Lyndsay Faye drops us right in the middle of the tumult of the Prohibition Era, bringing to life one of the darker times in our nation's history with wit and heart." - Lauren Willig


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Paragon Hotel: A Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewer's Choice)
Author(s): Lyndsay Faye
ISBN: 1-4328-6201-4 / 978-1-4328-6201-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Paragon Hotel
Author(s): Lyndsay Faye
ISBN: 0-7352-1075-6 / 978-0-7352-1075-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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December 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Paragon Hotel
Author(s): Lyndsay Faye
ISBN: 0-7352-1077-2 / 978-0-7352-1077-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Title: The Paragon Hotel
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January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Paragon Hotel
Author(s): Lyndsay Faye
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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