The Little Hotel

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At the Hotel Swiss-Touring, both the guests and the staff get tangled in intrigues and veiled confessions

“If you knew what happens in the hotel every day!” Madame Bonnard, the eccentric and inquisitive owner of the Hotel Swiss-Touring—a third-rate Swiss hotel—knows her guests’ many secrets, things they wouldn’t tell their friends, family, or lawyers. They come from all over Europe in the wake of World War II, seeking refuge from their countries or their own bruised hearts. Madame Bonnard reigns over “Mayor of B” from Belgium, two guests posing as cousins, a doctor’s wife who is certain her husband is trying to slowly poison her, and Clara, a power-hungry staff member. Based on Stead’s experiences living in European hotels, The Little Hotel is a captivating portrait of what happens when strangers—and their desires, lies, and fears—live in close quarters.
  • Open Road Media; October 2012
  • ISBN 9781453265222
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  • Title: The Little Hotel
  • Author: Christina Stead
  • Imprint: Open Road Media
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In The Press

“[Stead] is really marvelous.” —Saul Bellow
 
“While the fiction of James Joyce or D. H. Lawrence tended to become all the more deeply steeped in their Irishness or Englishness the farther from home they went, Stead used her mimic’s ability to immerse herself in whatever place she happened to be.” —The New York Times
 
“One of Australia’s greatest novelists puts together . . . a crew as sad, funny and perverse as any ever gathered together.” —Time

About The Author

Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” and “one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century.” Stead died in her native Australia in 1983.

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