The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel

Lyndsay Faye / Jun 18, 2019

The Paragon Hotel The new and exciting historial 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 th

  • Title: The Paragon Hotel
  • Author: Lyndsay Faye
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  • Page: 425
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  • The new and exciting historial 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 hor The new and exciting historial 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 DuBois seem to be at the very center of this tangled web Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 432 pages Published January 8th 2019 by G.P Putnam s Sons More Details Original Title The Paragon Hotel ISBN 0735210756 ISBN13 9780735210752 Edition Language English URL Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Paragon Hotel, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Historical Mystery 2019 61 books 45 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 29, 2018 Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920 s While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations She also can stand out, if need be She can be anyone or no one Her nickname, Nobody, suits her perfectly In the early 1900 s in Harlem, she Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920 s While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations She also can stand out, if need be She can be anyone or no one Her nickname, Nobody, suits her perfectly In the early 1900 s in Harlem, she uses her unique abilities to become an asset for the Mafia Portland, Oregon 1922 The Paragon Hotel an all black hotel in a state being infiltrated by the KKK Racial tensions are high, especially since it was not legal for black people to reside in Oregon during this time period A white traveler with a bullet wound is brought in to recover A little boy goes missing Tension builds, the KKK makes their presence known in a brutal and tragic way I absolutely loved The Paragon Hotel It s well written and the characters are multidimensional I found Nobody and Blossom s characters to be especially fascinating Nobody is a dynamic narrator her voice is strong and drew me in I was interested in both her past and present and was dying to know her deep dark secrets The hotel also plays a dominant role the different rooms not only embody the different characters and personas, but also they hide the secrets of the guests, keep them somewhat safe, but also can expose them to harm Its dozens of windows with its hundreds of guests, all of them hiding something All of them fighting for something All of them frightened of something While The Paragon Hotel is primarily about inequality and power struggles, the novel is also about friendships that defy color lines and gender norms This is a thought provoking read about racism, gender norms, and power dynamics While it should highlight how far America has come, in the current moment it serves as a reminder of how America s progress has devolved It s clear Faye did her research I learned a lot from reading this, as I had no idea about Oregon s murky past I loved the message of The Paragon Hotel and the ending There are some horrifying moments, but also some beautiful ones It s not a book This was never a book This is a love letter I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and G.P Putnam s Sons in exchange for an honest review flag 183 likesLike see review View all 58 comments Jan 02, 2019 Navidad Th lamour rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves african american fiction, cultural surveys, given to me by publisher, historical fiction, made me cry, mysteries, read 2018 Simply exquisite Seriously go out and get this book FOLLOW ME HERE The Navi Review Blog Twitter Instagram flag 49 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Martie Nees Record rated it liked it My Ratings 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub Date January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America s Prohibition A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her She is suffering from an untreated bullet wound A black male Pullman porter takes pity My Ratings 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub Date January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America s Prohibition A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her She is suffering from an untreated bullet wound A black male Pullman porter takes pity on her and brings her with him to his home in Portland, Oregon, which happens to be in an all black hotel The story goes back and forth in chapters and settings from NYC to Oregon This is a difficult review to write since I had different opinions throughout the novel on whether I did or did not like the book I appreciate that the alternating settings begin with a real quote from each area s non fictional newspapers Plus, the author has historical endnotes Good research is always a plus in historical fiction I liked that the author chose that the scrappy little kid character, who grows up to be a mobster, is a girl rather than a boy This is unheard of in most mob stories I got a kick out of learning that at one time Harlem NY had a large Italian population know as Little Italy As a native New Yorker, I really should have known this For me, Little Italy is the infamous neighborhood located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan I used to push my, now grown, baby in a stroller right there on Mulberry St And I thoroughly enjoyed how skillful the author is in immersing the reader in the feel of the era I was hooked on the visuals and the slang of the times I was expecting Bogey or Cagney to materialize on any given page Then the historical fiction morphs into a mystery Although it is a well written mystery, it is not needed to enhance the already interesting tale on the happenings of the young woman s two lives One in white America and another in black America Both are filled with police that are as corrupt as the mobsters Nor was I wild about a couple of twists that seem thrown in for good measure They are decent twists, but again, not needed Maybe I just don t care for the mixing of genres I also was not pleased that in this book, and recent others is that the theme and characters are pointedly aligned to this current dysfunctional White House administration I am growing weary of all the new historical novels that make anti Trump statements without using his name And, I am no fan of the 45th American President In this tale, I read over and over how in the 1920s the KKK expanded into the north because of the hatred against people who deemed not truly American Their motto was America First Sound familiar I am aware that these historical connections need to be repeated in words to serve as reminders of what can happen when politics run amok But, after finding this Trump metaphor linking trend so often I, as a reader and a reviewer, need a breather from political teachable moments in my fiction After writing down my thoughts on the pros and cons in The Paragon Hotel, I discover I am still confused on whether I would recommend the book or not I guess it depends upon what your expectations are when venturing into the story I was not expecting a mystery Hopefully my confusion will help give you a clear picture of what you may like or dislike in the story I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 26 likesLike see review Jo lassiter excellent review I m still not sure myself 5 hours, 33 min ago Jan 27, 2019 Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery, historical fiction Who is Alice James Why does she reference herself as Nobody What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon So begins the tale of Alice James, aka Nobody , fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia It s 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead Befriended on the train by Max Burton, the Pullman porter in charge of her cabin, Alic Who is Alice James Why does she reference herself as Nobody What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon So begins the tale of Alice James, aka Nobody , fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia It s 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead Befriended on the train by Max Burton, the Pullman porter in charge of her cabin, Alice is taken to the Paragon Hotel, an all black hotel in Portland Alice is white, but in desperate need of Dr Pendleton, owner of the hotel, and an accomplished doctor Alice soon comes to learn of the intolerance Oregon has for African Americans, and the rising influence of the KKK When a young mulatto boy goes missing, Alice feels compelled to help her newfound friends find the child, leading to disastrous consequences.There were so many layers to this story that made it truly engrossing It delves into racism, bigotry, violence and mental illness, yet also highlighting friendship and love A couple of my favorite quotes We go through our lives, so many of us, as fractions of ourselves, with all the other puzzle pieces buried where no one can see them But there s the paradox, and do forgive me for flights metaphorical we re all of us fractured jigsaws, but we re also the entire picture no matter how far away we walk from what s hidden When I ve pushed the spinning glass round and the Paragon Hotel spits me out, I turn to look back at it It s dozens of windows with its hundreds of guests, all of them hiding something All of them fighting for something All of them frightened of something That s the kicker about hotels they aren t homes, they re like the paragon of waiting rooms Unless you re part of the inner circle of this one, and you burrow underneath one another s surfaces, air the cupboards, lift the drapes, and everyone is unhappy, and everyone is both cruel and kind flag 20 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Anna Thank you all Jan 29, 2019 05 12PM Myrna Great review I m adding it to my pile of books to read, 14 hours, 45 min ago Jan 03, 2019 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it Shelves read 2019 Set in 1921, Alice Nobody James arrives in Portland after a harrowing train ride Not only has she fled New York, but she s also been shot and now needs a place to hide Thanks to Max, a black Pullman porter, she finds refuge at the Paragon Hotel The only problem This is the only all black hotel in the city and they are not very keen to have a white woman staying there But with Max as well as the wonderful club singer, Blossom Fontaine, on her side, Alice stays in the hotel However, she qu Set in 1921, Alice Nobody James arrives in Portland after a harrowing train ride Not only has she fled New York, but she s also been shot and now needs a place to hide Thanks to Max, a black Pullman porter, she finds refuge at the Paragon Hotel The only problem This is the only all black hotel in the city and they are not very keen to have a white woman staying there But with Max as well as the wonderful club singer, Blossom Fontaine, on her side, Alice stays in the hotel However, she quickly realizes that not everything is peachy in Portland The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in the city and a child disappears from Paragon Hotel not long after Alice has arrivedREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION flag 23 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Celia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first to read, 2019 pub, historical fiction, 2018 read, ten year challenge Alice James was born in Harlem and eventually runs for her life Taken off the train in Oregon, the conductor brings her, injured by a bullet, to Portland s Paragon Hotel Once there her story gets complicated and surprising We learn why she was shot and why she ran.It is the 1920 s and Prohibition is in full swing racism is prevalent in Portland Alice is welcomed to the Paragon Hotel to recuperate, even though she is white and the other guests black She becomes close to Blossom Fontaine, a Alice James was born in Harlem and eventually runs for her life Taken off the train in Oregon, the conductor brings her, injured by a bullet, to Portland s Paragon Hotel Once there her story gets complicated and surprising We learn why she was shot and why she ran.It is the 1920 s and Prohibition is in full swing racism is prevalent in Portland Alice is welcomed to the Paragon Hotel to recuperate, even though she is white and the other guests black She becomes close to Blossom Fontaine, a black actress who lives at the Paragon She meets Davy Lee, a young black boy whom Blossom has rescued from the streets Alice, Blossom, Davy and Miss Christina go to a carnival and experience the Fun House While there Davy disappears A search involving the local police ensues over many days The Ku Klux Klan is involved as well This story is told in first person sarcastic Sarcastic is the voice I think Alice is using I actually loved Alice s voice Very unique and engaging Reminds me of Stephanie Plum s Janet Evanovich irreverence.Recommend to any historical fiction lover There is mystery and intrigue and looking for a missing child Those of you who love mystery will love this book also 5 stars flag 14 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 11, 2018 Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley, did not finish DNF Everyone else seems to love this book, so I don t know, maybe I just wasn t in the right mood But I gave up the writing style was a bit overdone for me, the dialogue didn t feel real, and I just couldn t work up any interest in the main character or what happened to her I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sherril Gerell I too could not get into this book I read about a third of it and gave up May try reading it another time Jan 22, 2019 11 39AM Jo lassiter I m so relieved that another reviewer thought the writing style was a bit over the top I thought it was just me 5 hours, 31 min ago Jan 30, 2019 Lata rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves auth f, mystery, 2019 read Alice James, or Nobody, is escaping to Portland when we first meet her, suffering from a bullet wound She s taken by a porter to the Paragon Hotel, the only hotel in the town that allows African Americans to stay there She meets a variety of fascinating people who live and work at the hotel They view her with some suspicion, as she s white and a stranger, and the situation in Portland is somewhat tense, what with the Ku Klux Klan arriving there to cause trouble With the disappearance of a yo Alice James, or Nobody, is escaping to Portland when we first meet her, suffering from a bullet wound She s taken by a porter to the Paragon Hotel, the only hotel in the town that allows African Americans to stay there She meets a variety of fascinating people who live and work at the hotel They view her with some suspicion, as she s white and a stranger, and the situation in Portland is somewhat tense, what with the Ku Klux Klan arriving there to cause trouble With the disappearance of a young boy, the adopted son of a flamboyant night club singer, Blossom, tensions rise further, and the inhabitants of the Paragon, along with Nobody, begin a desperate search.I loved this This book was phenomenal Lyndsay Faye provides us with historical context for Portland and Prohibition She also has Nobody narrate this tale, explaining what her childhood and recent past in Harlem, New York City was like as a gun moll and her less than ethical past, while she contends with the incidents at the Paragon.Nobody s a fabulous character, as is Blossom, whom I fell in love with The two of them connected immediately, as I did with this book through Nobody s voice Which is peppered with nifty turns of phrase that sounded authentically 1920s That added lovely colour to Nobody and her approach to life Lyndsay Faye s characterization of all the other characters was terrific and there were numerous chunks of this book that I would have highlighted for the wonderful language, and that the superlative narrator of the audiobook I was listening to, January LaVoye, brought vividly to life All I really have to add is, this was one of my favourite books this month flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Karen Kay rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, mystery, united states, longmire challenge, twd challenge, netgalley read 2018 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review 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 And boy oh boy, the complicated story goes on from there Really great book, good writing, fantastic characters Must read.4 flag 11 likesLike see review Kathleen Glad you enjoyed this book, Karen Jan 26, 2019 11 12AM Karen Kay Thanks Kathleen, it was a good story Jan 26, 2019 11 39AM Jan 28, 2019 Lashaan Balasingam Bookidote rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, mystery, read in 2019 You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Sometimes we read stories to escape the gruesome reality that is perpetually mediatized and sometimes we visit these stories to remind us of the lessons learned or not during the darker days of the past While the events in themselves are tragic, it is the similarities that we are able to draw between an era that seems so long ago that is the most appalling Whether it is only a decade or a century ago, mankind loves to revisit those mistakes an You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Sometimes we read stories to escape the gruesome reality that is perpetually mediatized and sometimes we visit these stories to remind us of the lessons learned or not during the darker days of the past While the events in themselves are tragic, it is the similarities that we are able to draw between an era that seems so long ago that is the most appalling Whether it is only a decade or a century ago, mankind loves to revisit those mistakes and find ways to do worse, but even in pitch black darkness there is light, and even in the ugly, there is beauty One phenomenon that unfortunately continues to pervade many societies around the world turns out to be the main attraction in this novel and it is none other than racism And so, leave it to Lyndsay Faye, author of the Edgar nominated novels Jane Steele and The Gods of Gotham, to deliver a stunning historical fiction blended with a healthy dose of mystery with her latest stand alone novel The Paragon Hotel that tackles a timely subject still relevant today.What is The Paragon Hotel about Set in 1921, the story follows Alice Nobody James on her journey from a Prohibition era Harlen to Portland s The Paragon Hotel Inflicted with a bullet wound, looking for a safe haven to hide from a drug deal gone wrong, she rides a train heading towards Portland, Oregan Struck with serendipity, she meets a black Pullman porter whose unselfishness brings him to offer her a home to rest at Putting himself and others at risk, Nobody finds refuge in the only all black hotel where her being white installs tension in the occupants lives Resting, she comes to acquaint herself with some memorable figures, including club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine and understands that there is going on in Portland than meets the eye In fact, the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan is the ultimate catalyst to the danger to come.When it comes down to historical fiction, its ability to be immersive will always be primordial and Lyndsay Faye nails it with the era, setting and characters in The Paragon Hotel Not only is it obvious that she put in some solid work to get the research right for this story, but she also draws upon her unbelievable skills to create authentic characters that are not only easy to imagine but who also fit perfectly within the time period The Paragon Hotel is particularly heavier in dialogues and offers readers the opportunity to look closely at the interactions between characters, but also the language used by everyone in their daily lives Shocking at times, they are all genuine and easily sets the conflict filled atmosphere that still exists within today s society The story is also told with two interlocking narratives past and present , where the past explores Alice Nobody James life within the criminal underworld and the present explores her life among the Paragon Hotel s community While intriguing, the constant change from one timeline to another was, unfortunately, a little less fluid than expected.What was a bit of a surprise was how the story starts off as a pure historical fiction only to later find the mystery groove that you would usually see coming from Lyndsay Faye The distinction between both genres was a bit too raw for my taste and a would ve been even better if it was seamless, but it didn t completely take away from the tone set for this story In fact, Lyndsay Faye delivers some wonderful plot twists as the story reaches its end and does a remarkable job in exploring the history of racism that plagued Portland With themes of race and identity at the heart of this story, she also does a remarkable job in creating incredible characters that serve as excellent vessels to convey this tale As much as you d expect some people to be much open minded and considerate about others around them without filtering them based on their race, this story does a great job in portraying the issues through the eye of a character who can take on any personality to blend in with the mass Her unique position offers us a truly eye opening perspective into Portland s Prohibition era crime romp and racial tension.The Paragon Hotel is an exquisite exploration of race and identity in a Prohibition era Portland city with unforgettable characters and their deeply rooted struggles.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and G.P Putnam s Sons for sending me a copy for review Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog flag 10 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2018 OLT rated it it was amazing What a story this is It s a gangster mafia story It s a story about racism, including the KKK It s a story about intolerance and bias It s a story about friendship and relationships It s a love story It s a sad story, but yet a hopeful one It s a story about resilience in the face of adversity It choked me up than once but had me amused or smiling at times also, thankfully, or I would have been an emotional mess as I finished reading.The tale begins in 1921, during the time of Prohi What a story this is It s a gangster mafia story It s a story about racism, including the KKK It s a story about intolerance and bias It s a story about friendship and relationships It s a love story It s a sad story, but yet a hopeful one It s a story about resilience in the face of adversity It choked me up than once but had me amused or smiling at times also, thankfully, or I would have been an emotional mess as I finished reading.The tale begins in 1921, during the time of Prohibition, when 25 year old Alice James, aka Nobody , on the run from the mafia in NYC and with a festering bullet wound, takes the train to Portland, Oregon She s befriended on the train by Max Burton, a black Pullman porter, who takes her to the Paragon Hotel when they arrive in Portland Now, mind you, this is an all black hotel and Alice is Welsh Italian, but she s in need and Dr Pendleton, owner of the hotel, is an extremely capable medical doctor, not to mention a discreet one.So here s Alice, the only white resident of the Paragon She s resented at first by the others, who figure she ll bring nothing but trouble to them Turns out, however, that trouble would find them anyway Oregon at the time was very racially intolerant and had the biggest KKK organization west of the Mississippi River And even many of those whites not affiliated with the KKK still defended the northern chapters as a political rallying tool and a charitable club It s all America first with themFund raisers, not lynch mobs After all, they re all church goers Well, as we all know, there s church going and then there s church going It all depends on who you decide deserves your Christian charity And when young Davy, an orphan boy living at the Paragon goes missing, things come to a crisis point.But this isn t just a story about racial intolerance in 1920s Oregon We also have some very personal stories of many and varied characters Of course, top of the list is Alice, or Nobody Born and raised in NYC, with her Italian father deceased and her Welsh mother struggling to survive as a prostitute, it seems that her inevitable career path will also be on her back Things get complicated by her close friendship with Nicolo Benenati and his family and when their lives are affected tragically by actions of the Corleonesi mafia, Alice finds herself under the wing of Mauro Salvatici, owner of the Arcadia Hotel and major enemy of the Corleonesi As his protege, Alice use her Nobody abilities to adapt her personality and looks to any situation, as needed, to uncover information useful to Salvatici.Until the day she uncovers too much and off Alice goes, on the lam These flashbacks to Alice s life in NYC during the time of Prohibition, all the people she interacted with, whether as friends or antagonists, is quite compelling and is interspersed throughout the book in chapters entitled Then , as opposed to the Portland Now accounts.There are secrets and lies everywhere In New York City and in Portland Alice had unraveled many secrets to her detriment in NYC and now in Portland she may be on her way to uncovering several secrets and lies hidden at the Paragon Hotel.Much of the plot and writing in this book blew me away I love Faye s descriptive abilities When introducing young Davy to us, she says he sits in the chair Blossom vacated, swinging energetic legs as if remaining still is an affront to personal freedoms About housekeeper Mavereen She d make an equally fine church board directress or cathouse madam Mrs Muriel Snyder has a face that makes me figure God took his inspiration from a potato There s so much of this and made it necessary for me to slow down and savor the writing, instead of rushing my way to the denouement.This is a lovely book about the human spirit and condition It s a sad book about how tragedies can cause irreparable damage to one s soul And it is also a hopeful one about how love and friendship can help one s spirit be resilient It s also a sobering look at how little progress we have made since the 1920s to overcome racism and intolerance Alice muses toward the end of the book about whether there will still be flaming crosses in the unknowable world fifteen years from now, when Davy Lee steps out to make it his own It s much than 15 years now in 2018 and even if there is less blatant cross burning, that doesn t mean we can be satisfied that the Davy Lees of our times have an equal footing and can make the world their own flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 17, 2019 Sue Em rated it it was amazing Well written and immaculately researched historical novel mystery Little known facts detailing the pervasive mafia influence in Harlem alternate with the entrenched racism from Oregon s early days Despite the serious themes underlying the book, it is just a delight to read With a bullet wound in her side, Alice James, Nobody, flees NYC traveling by railroad to Portland Once there, the Pullman porter, Max, takes her in hand to the Paragon Hotel and to a doctor who won t ask any inconvenient Well written and immaculately researched historical novel mystery Little known facts detailing the pervasive mafia influence in Harlem alternate with the entrenched racism from Oregon s early days Despite the serious themes underlying the book, it is just a delight to read With a bullet wound in her side, Alice James, Nobody, flees NYC traveling by railroad to Portland Once there, the Pullman porter, Max, takes her in hand to the Paragon Hotel and to a doctor who won t ask any inconvenient questions.Rich with period details, the story sparkles with unique characters Don t miss this one flag 8 likesLike see review Tom Swift Great review A copy is on my table, my next book Jan 27, 2019 01 26PM Dec 05, 2018 The Lit Bitch rated it it was amazing review of another edition The first thing I said when I saw this book was finally a cool interesting book set in Portland Living in Oregon, there isn t an abundance of cool books set here Sure we have a number of writers from Oregon that have made it into the big time , but for the most part Oregon isn t exactly the hippest place to set your novel in.In recent years though I have seen a lot of writers both from Oregon or the PacNW and not set their books here in my lovely state but it s still not as popular as say New The first thing I said when I saw this book was finally a cool interesting book set in Portland Living in Oregon, there isn t an abundance of cool books set here Sure we have a number of writers from Oregon that have made it into the big time , but for the most part Oregon isn t exactly the hippest place to set your novel in.In recent years though I have seen a lot of writers both from Oregon or the PacNW and not set their books here in my lovely state but it s still not as popular as say New York or L.A I ve read a few of Faye s novels and have fallen in love with her writing so besides the fact that this book has Oregon ties, I wanted to read it because she wrote a new book This book was such a pleasure to read for one solid reason atmosphere As always, Faye does such a great job at creating a mood in her novels and this one was no different I loved how the novel split between New York and Portland I thought it added a lot of interest and broke up the story nicely So many novels are set in New York so it s familiar, but not a lot of novels are set in Portland so this adds a lot to keep the reader interested in some place new.I also thought the language of the novel worked well and kept things interesting and true to the period I am normally not a huge fan of prohibition era books just not my time period but this book blended the glamour of the 1920s with the darker side of prohibition and the criminal world.This novel is darker and a little gritty than her last novel, Jane Steele at least in my opinion I like how Faye has this seamless ability to write a darker novel but yet still balance it perfectly so that it will appeal to many readers.This book is rich in historical detail and brought to life a period that was a dark one for American history In Portland, racism and the KKK aren t things that a lot of people discuss or even really know about, and I love how Faye brings that side of Portland out in this book It s truly a pleasure to read a book so rich in historical detail as this one it This is a novel that I think would be great for bookclubs There is a lot to discuss and I think it s a novel that will appeal to many, especially fans of historical fiction, but it has the darkness and grit of a noir book I am super excited to share this novel with my friends and family, once again, a win for Faye See my full review here flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Sarah Swann rated it liked it 3.5 stars This one was different I love historical fiction, so I was excited for this book I did love the characters and their dynamics together I can usually follow duel timelines pretty well, but these timelines seemed almost too close together and it was harder for me to keep them straight I also had a bit of a hard time getting used to the language used and they way the characters talked The storyline was strong, but I was expecting a bit from it flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 19, 2018 Elinor Gray rated it it was amazing Shelves conspiracy and thriller, historical A lovely, compelling story about troubled people just trying to connect with one another Beautiful language, interesting characters, and a double edged mystery that kept me up reading just one chapter flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it liked it I ve been a fan of Faye since Jane Steele and she come back to us again with another stunner in The Paragon Hotel I m not much on historical fiction usually but I ve ben surprised lately however, I already knew going in that Faye has a talent of bringing history to life She brings Nobody and everybody into The Paragon Hotel.We switch back and forth from NYC Harlem and how Nobody, just call me Alice , came to Oregon, The Paragon Hotel and her reasonings behind what she does Introducing char I ve been a fan of Faye since Jane Steele and she come back to us again with another stunner in The Paragon Hotel I m not much on historical fiction usually but I ve ben surprised lately however, I already knew going in that Faye has a talent of bringing history to life She brings Nobody and everybody into The Paragon Hotel.We switch back and forth from NYC Harlem and how Nobody, just call me Alice , came to Oregon, The Paragon Hotel and her reasonings behind what she does Introducing characters such as the doctor, Davy and Blossom, here comes a mystery I wasn t expecting and the KKK, which I was I was fortunate enough to meet Lyndsay when she was promoting The Whole Art of Detection and remember her mentioning this is where her next book was going to be heading I was instantly intrigued and SO excited to get my hands on a copy.I ll be completely honest, it took me quite a bit to get into this book The cadence and language was hard for me to grasp on to right away Quelque There s nothing that comes out and nudges you or completely WOWs you in an instant scene or reveal What we get is a span throughout the ENTIRE read that starts to settle into your soul If you re a lover of historical fiction and reading about the KKK and prohibition times, this is most definitely the read for you Don t let what I consider a slow start deter you At right about the third way into the story, I found myself wanting to take this journey with Nobody This time period is such a hard one we still see racism and the KKK is still affluent unfortunately Some language and scenes really made me angry and I found myself frowning quite a bit throughout the read If a book can pull these feelings well I think it s doing something right 3.5 stars flag 6 likesLike see review Nikki Quelque I am reading these reviews to see if anyone else was disturbed by the over use of this strange word Jan 31, 2019 10 03AM Feb 01, 2019 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves read2019, location usa oregon, netgalley, reviewcopy, ebooks, around the usa The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times I grew up in Oregon with 4th and 8th grade focused on Oregon history but we never learned about this, however it explains a lot Even today Portland is 72% white I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realistic and maybe unnecessary, somewhat clogging the storyline This The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times I grew up in Oregon with 4th and 8th grade focused on Oregon history but we never learned about this, however it explains a lot Even today Portland is 72% white I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realistic and maybe unnecessary, somewhat clogging the storyline This is a good read for people who like the flapper jazz era but are looking for a spin on the usual I had an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley, and the book came out January 8, 2019. flag 20 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 RoryReads rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, mystery historical, netgalley approved, netgalleytbrr Review in progress flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Charles Finch rated it really liked it Such a charmer Review tk flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 KC rated it liked it Shelves civil rights, crime, discrimination, friendship, historic fiction, racism, race relations, turn of the century The year is 1921 and a young, white Alice James is running from her ties in NYC and from the mafia Aboard a train bound for Oregon, she befriends a black Pullman porter named Max who finds her story, life and run ins intriguing Once in Portland, he takes her to The Paragon Hotel, an all black residence in the city Alice soon realizes that the crime on the west coast is just as troubling when she discovers the city is a new stomping ground for the Klu Klux Klan Slick dialog, a blossoming inte The year is 1921 and a young, white Alice James is running from her ties in NYC and from the mafia Aboard a train bound for Oregon, she befriends a black Pullman porter named Max who finds her story, life and run ins intriguing Once in Portland, he takes her to The Paragon Hotel, an all black residence in the city Alice soon realizes that the crime on the west coast is just as troubling when she discovers the city is a new stomping ground for the Klu Klux Klan Slick dialog, a blossoming interracial romance and an ever growing danger from all sides makes for an interesting read flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, historical, netgalley I received this book through Netgalley.With Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye reaffirms that she s one of the best authors out there of historical fiction Not only does she illuminate historical eras with stunning realistic detail see her Timothy Wilde trilogy set in 1840s New York , but she creates utterly human characters you can t help but love and hate The way she utilizes period patter with such flow leaves me in awe as an author.In Paragon Hotel, we meet Nobody as she s dying of a gunshot wou I received this book through Netgalley.With Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye reaffirms that she s one of the best authors out there of historical fiction Not only does she illuminate historical eras with stunning realistic detail see her Timothy Wilde trilogy set in 1840s New York , but she creates utterly human characters you can t help but love and hate The way she utilizes period patter with such flow leaves me in awe as an author.In Paragon Hotel, we meet Nobody as she s dying of a gunshot wound on a westbound train She was trained to be an anti Mafia spy, to become wallpaper in any room she s not even sure who she is any The kind black porter, a veteran of the War, realizes her perilous condition and takes her to a dangerous place in order to save her life the Paragon Hotel, an all black establishment in Oregon, a state where black people are not allowed.The historical facts behind the fiction are stunning Oregon was established as a white utopia In the 1920s, it was a hotbed of KKK activity A black men were lynched for even looking at a white woman, and here is Nobody, requiring the aid of a black doctor and other hotel staff in order to stay alive Each character is vivid and complex, with many secrets which Nobody soon begins to uncover.This is a book that is, in turns, beautiful and horrible and all the horrible because of the reality it is based upon As in her other series, Faye does an incredible job of representing diverse perspectives on matters of race, sexuality, and mental illness This is one of the best books I have read in recent years, and I read a lot of books flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 24, 2019 Jacqie rated it really liked it Lyndsay Faye is an author whose books I ll pick up whenever I see a new one I really enjoyed her nineteenth century New York copper mysteries, and Jane Steele was a fun romp This book is a bit in the vein of Jane Steele, with a witty young female protagonist who is concerned with justice than the law The book is set in the Jazz Age, and goes back and forth between Alice Nobody James healing up from a bullet wound in Portland, OR in a hotel for colored people in a state where color Lyndsay Faye is an author whose books I ll pick up whenever I see a new one I really enjoyed her nineteenth century New York copper mysteries, and Jane Steele was a fun romp This book is a bit in the vein of Jane Steele, with a witty young female protagonist who is concerned with justice than the law The book is set in the Jazz Age, and goes back and forth between Alice Nobody James healing up from a bullet wound in Portland, OR in a hotel for colored people in a state where colored people are technically illegal to flashbacks of Alice growing up in Harlem and falling in with the Mafia in order to make her way in the world Alice is a fun person as a POV character she s sharp but compassionate, loyal to a fault, and tries on personalities like dresses in order to fit into any given situation The book gives gorgeous details about the setting and the characters are complex and authentic The book does get a bit lost in the weeds at times, because Faye wants to give her characters every chance to act like themselves and for us to grow to care about them I ve have been okay with the plot moving a bit faster, and maybe with a bit less flashback I m not sure flashbacks were really necessary for this book to work, but they are de riguour right now, so A Lyndsay Faye book will always give you a chance to time travel she s an expert at bringing the past to life, and her research into the past always yields information that is relevant to issues we are facing today I appreciate her passion for social justice, and the reminder that the fight is never over flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 SUSAN Nevertheless,she persisted rated it it was amazing Read the description above,if that doesn t tempt you to want to devour this book,nothing I say will It had all the the bells and whistles for me Well written, characters that remain with you long after the book is closed, great storytelling Would highly recommend flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 05, 2019 Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves historical fiction I just couldn t like this book I really tried I made it about halfway through and then questioned why I was still reading The Paragon Hotel has a high rating on , so I kept thinking I was missing something or that the book had to get better The narrators voice just wasn t working for me I understand that she is a con artist and changes into who she needs to be to suit the situation, but I found her voice hard to read I typically love historical fiction, but this book wasn t for me I just couldn t like this book I really tried I made it about halfway through and then questioned why I was still reading The Paragon Hotel has a high rating on , so I kept thinking I was missing something or that the book had to get better The narrators voice just wasn t working for me I understand that she is a con artist and changes into who she needs to be to suit the situation, but I found her voice hard to read I typically love historical fiction, but this book wasn t for me flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 17, 2019 MissSusie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves for library, audio, historical fiction, 2019, audible books I loved all these characters Alice on the run finds a friend in Pullman porter Max, who sees she s in trouble than she is letting on He brings her to the black hotel The Paragon, where we meet a rousing cast of characters, including Blossom who is a very interesting character Alice is a white woman at a black hotel in the 1920 s so you are kind of on edge waiting for something bad to happen But with these two tough women whoever messes with them better look out This book is about friend I loved all these characters Alice on the run finds a friend in Pullman porter Max, who sees she s in trouble than she is letting on He brings her to the black hotel The Paragon, where we meet a rousing cast of characters, including Blossom who is a very interesting character Alice is a white woman at a black hotel in the 1920 s so you are kind of on edge waiting for something bad to happen But with these two tough women whoever messes with them better look out This book is about friendship, what it means to be family, race relations, the mob and oh so much that I don t want to give away because I want you to come to the realization and have the same sense of wonder I did at the reveal January LaVoy s narration is fantastic every single person has their own voice you are never questioning who is talking because she gives everyone a unique voice I really, really loved this book I highly recommend this book 5 Stars flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Brandi Johnson rated it it was amazing Shelves library books, popsugarchallenge2019, read in 2019, top tier This book has everything Mobsters, bootleggers, racism, KKK, prohibition, jazz, conspiracy, mystery, and than one kind of beautiful love story It also has some of the richest characters and world building I ve read in some time Get your hands on this wildly exciting historical fiction novel You won t regret it Popsugar Challenge 2019 A book published in 2019 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Jee Hooked On Bookz rated it really liked it Historical thriller set in 1921, during the Prohibition era This novel is seeped in secrets, shrouded in mystery, with twists and turns in corners you least expect Stay for that, and sit in for the jazzy tunes in the time of Billie Holiday, played and sung in sultry smoke filled speakeasies Loved this Full review on my blog Thank you Netgalley and PutnamBooks for a free eARC of TheParagonHotel in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 30, 2018 Mila rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs 3,75 starsLyndsay Faye is such a skillful and brilliant writer, the way she almost paints her stories is mesmerising She also did a wonderful job at making the setting of her novel as realistic as possible, it s such a high quality historical fiction and I loved it Unfortunately, at around halfway point I started to have trouble keeping up my interest in the story and I m still not sure why Maybe it was because of how tired I was at the time of reading it or maybe the book was getting too l 3,75 starsLyndsay Faye is such a skillful and brilliant writer, the way she almost paints her stories is mesmerising She also did a wonderful job at making the setting of her novel as realistic as possible, it s such a high quality historical fiction and I loved it Unfortunately, at around halfway point I started to have trouble keeping up my interest in the story and I m still not sure why Maybe it was because of how tired I was at the time of reading it or maybe the book was getting too long and unnecessary complicated I also wasn t a fan of the romance so it could contribute to this Despite all of it, I think this is an amazing novel and I d love to read the finished copy and possibly enjoy it even A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss website for providing me with an early copy flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Geonn Cannon rated it it was amazing I didn t need to know the title or plot of this book before requesting it from Netgalley, because Lyndsay Faye cemented her place in my Must Read list with Gods of Gotham Her talent is taking the reader and instantly placing them in a new place time with no real adjustment required She writes it like she just came back from a visit there and is very good at telling people everything she saw.I said the plot was secondary to my reasons for wanting to read this as soon as possible, but it becam I didn t need to know the title or plot of this book before requesting it from Netgalley, because Lyndsay Faye cemented her place in my Must Read list with Gods of Gotham Her talent is taking the reader and instantly placing them in a new place time with no real adjustment required She writes it like she just came back from a visit there and is very good at telling people everything she saw.I said the plot was secondary to my reasons for wanting to read this as soon as possible, but it became third in importance once I met Nobody What an amazing character I didn t care what she was doing as long as I was reading about her, whether in Portland or her past in Harlem I loved the description of how she became whoever she needed to be depending on the situation, a con artist whose only goal is to stay safe Lyndsay Faye has staked her claim on the late 19th early 20th century fiction, and I can t wait to see where and when she takes us next flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Mainlinebooker rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction Tasting the words in Lyndsay Faye s novel was so delicious that I wanted to savor the sentences to chew and digest again and again Here you find scrappy female heroines in the Prohibition era that give true meaning to the word gutsy This was historical fiction at its best focused on NYC and Portland,Oregon where drugs, the Mafia, racism and the Ku Klux Klan, gender and identity are turned on their heads Beginning in 1921, 25 year old Alice Nobody James lands in Portland after running from Tasting the words in Lyndsay Faye s novel was so delicious that I wanted to savor the sentences to chew and digest again and again Here you find scrappy female heroines in the Prohibition era that give true meaning to the word gutsy This was historical fiction at its best focused on NYC and Portland,Oregon where drugs, the Mafia, racism and the Ku Klux Klan, gender and identity are turned on their heads Beginning in 1921, 25 year old Alice Nobody James lands in Portland after running from the NYC mobsters with a bullet riddled chest and a suitcase full of counterfeit money She befriends a black porter on the train who takes her to the Paragon Hotel,a blacks only establishment but where Dr Pendleton will treat anyone regardless of race She soon becomes involved with the other employees who view her with suspicion but cautiously open their arms to her What ensues is the most rollicking boot lickin story, a cast of colorful gritty characters and a narrative so full of friendship and love, ambience, mystery and intrigue that I defy you to not make this book your first love of 2019 It sure is mine flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye 2.5 rounded up to 3 stars 6 8 1 hour, 2 min ago Laurie R King Vi The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye VBC Feb 2019 4 10 4 hours, 59 min ago More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

    The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye The Paragon Hotel The new and exciting historial 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 , and Nobody Alice James is on a cross country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life The Paragon Hotel Lyndsay At bottom, The Paragon Hotel is about identity and about family those we re born into and those we create The Wall Street Journal With complex, believable characters and an intricate plot, this is a sprightly, enjoyable read. The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye PenguinRandomHouse About The Paragon Hotel 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 PARAGON HOTEL by Lyndsay Faye Kirkus Reviews But Alice has at least one Paragon resident solidly in her corner the stunning Blossom Fontaine, a dauntingly sophisticated cabaret singer whose own past is as enigmatic and checkered as Alice s Blossom, Max, and the rest of the hotel s residents dote on a precocious, inquisitive mixed race child named Davy Lee who vanishes from their sight one afternoon at an amusement park. The Paragon Hotel by by Lyndsay Faye Summary and reviews The new and exciting historical thriller by Lyndsay Faye, which follows Alice Nobody from Prohibition era Harlem to Portland s the Paragon Hotel The year is , and Nobody Alice James is on a cross country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life The Paragon Hotel Audiobook by Lyndsay Faye Audible The Paragon Hotel, set in the s, is not just about the hotel but the inner circle of those working there and its guests Each person has a story, and secrets We meet everyone through Alice Nobody James, and discover the Harlem past that lead her to land in Oregon at the Paragon. The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye All About Romance The Paragon Hotel isn t an easy book to categorize Parts of it read like classic historical fiction, but the novel also contains a certain amount of suspense as well as a dash of forbidden romance. The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye, Hardcover Barnes Noble The Paragon Hotel follows the story of Alice James, a young woman brought up during the Prohibition era in Harlem Through a series of life altering events, she finds herself in Portland, Oregon at the Paragon Hotel. The Paragon Hotel Bookreporter The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye Critically acclaimed author Lyndsay Faye, twice nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award, stated that THE PARAGON HOTEL PARAGON HOTEL SYDNEY CBD DINING FUNCTIONS The Paragon is the CBD s freshest take on a classic city pub, with a relaxed public bar, TAB and beergarden on the ground floor, newly crowned with a sensational open

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    1. Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920 s While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations She also can stand out, if need be She can be anyone or no one Her nickname, Nobody, suits her perfectly In the early 1900 s in Harlem, she Super [...]


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    3. My Ratings 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub Date January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America s Prohibition A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her She is suffering from an untreated bullet wound A black male Pullman porter takes pity My Rating [...]


    4. Who is Alice James Why does she reference herself as Nobody What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon So begins the tale of Alice James, aka Nobody , fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia It s 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead Befriended on the train by Max Burton, the Pullman porter in charge of her cabin, Alic Who is [...]


    5. Set in 1921, Alice Nobody James arrives in Portland after a harrowing train ride Not only has she fled New York, but she s also been shot and now needs a place to hide Thanks to Max, a black Pullman porter, she finds refuge at the Paragon Hotel The only problem This is the only all black hotel in the city and they are not very keen to have a white woman staying there But with Max as well as the wonderful club singer, Blossom Fontaine, on her side, Alice stays in the hotel However, she qu Set in [...]


    6. Alice James was born in Harlem and eventually runs for her life Taken off the train in Oregon, the conductor brings her, injured by a bullet, to Portland s Paragon Hotel Once there her story gets complicated and surprising We learn why she was shot and why she ran.It is the 1920 s and Prohibition is in full swing racism is prevalent in Portland Alice is welcomed to the Paragon Hotel to recuperate, even though she is white and the other guests black She becomes close to Blossom Fontaine, a Alice [...]


    7. DNF Everyone else seems to love this book, so I don t know, maybe I just wasn t in the right mood But I gave up the writing style was a bit overdone for me, the dialogue didn t feel real, and I just couldn t work up any interest in the main character or what happened to her I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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