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Based Upon Availability

(2010)
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From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death.

Trish obsesses over her best friend's wedding and dramatic weight loss. Robin wants revenge after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her older sister. Anne is single, lonely, and suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Drug-addicted rock star Louise needs to dry out. Southerner turned wannabe Manhattanite Franny is envious of her neighbors' lives. Sheila wants to punish her boyfriend for returning to his wife. Ellen so desperately wants children that she insists she's pregnant to her disbelieving husband. And Morgan, the hotel manager - haunted by the memory of her dead sister - is the thread that weaves these women's lives together.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"It's Eloise from the Plaza, now 32 and running the hotel, with a hint of the S&M of Mary Gaitskill and the elegant precision of Lorrie Moore - and the touch of Strauss's own signature macabre that I adore." - Jennifer Belle

"Alix Strauss takes my idea of the swanky Four Seasons Hotel and turns it upside down. Anything goes: ladies lunching, rooms ransacked, illicit pills taken, S&M fantasies explored - plus fabulous spa treatments for good measure. Based Upon Availability is full of surprises. I could not turn the pages fast enough." - Marcy Dermansky

"There's a story behind every room at Manhattan's famed Four Seasons Hotel, and in her engaging second novel Alix Strauss weaves them together in a dark and complicated tapestry. From the seemingly put-together manager to the aging rock star, every character has a secret and nothing is what it seems. You'll never look at anyone in a hotel quite the same way again." - Shari Goldhagen

"Like a beautifully-wrapped gift box, full of unexpected pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature." - Dani Shapiro


Used availability for Alix Strauss's Based Upon Availability

Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Based upon Availability: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
ISBN: 0-06-184526-4 / 978-0-06-184526-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

May 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Based Upon Availability CD: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
ISBN: 0-06-191218-2 / 978-0-06-191218-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Based Upon Availability: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Based Upon Availability: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Based Upon Availability: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Based Upon Availability: A Novel
Author(s): Alix Strauss
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA