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The Paragon Hotel
By (author): Lyndsay Faye
9780735210752 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Historical Jan 08, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.25 x 9.27 x 1.38 in 432 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
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.

Story Locale: Portland and NYC

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR AND BELOVED BY FANS: JANE STEELE and GODS OF GOTHAM were both nominated for Edgar awards. All of Faye’s books have garnered adoring and enthusiastic reviews, earning coverage from the New York Times Book Review and USA Today to Cosmopolitan, and PopSugar and everywhere in between. R.L. Stein, Gillian Flynn, Caleb Carr, Lee Child and Sue Grafton have all lavished Faye’s work with praise and adoration, and we expect praise from big names like these for Faye’s new novel.

STRONG BOOKSELLER SUPPORT: There has been very strong support (especially among Indies) for Faye’s books, particularly for JANE STEELE.


UPWARD SALES TREND: JANE STEELE has sold more than twice as many copies as THE FATAL FLAME, Faye’s previous book. We expect this trend to continue with full force when THE PARAGON HOTEL hits shelves.

A PUTNAM REPEATER: In addition to JANE STEELE, we have Faye’s three backlist titles in the Gotham series. Faye has been devoted and reliable in delivering high quality books, and we’re committed to building her brand as an important young voice in the historical thriller canon.

SHARP SETTING AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL, LIKE IN GODS OF GOTHAM: The book takes place in both Portland and New York City, where Faye lived for 12 and 13 years, respectively, so readers can count on her ability to create rich atmosphere and her usual thirst for historical accuracy.

RELEVANT SUBJECT MATTER: This book is especially pertinent in today’s world—it centers on the issue of racism in America, which is still all-too-real today, despite this book being set in the 1920s.

Lyndsay Faye is the author of five critically acclaimed books: Jane Steele, which was nominated for an Edgar for Best Novel; Dust and Shadow; The Gods of Gotham, also Edgar-nominated; Seven for a Secret; and The Fatal Flame. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense she was born elsewhere, lives in New York City with her husband, Gabriel.

Author Residence: Queens, NY

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“Utterly winning…Faye writes a good puzzle…[and she’s] a person meant to write, who thinks and jokes and understands by writing. It’s a rare gift..”—New York Times Book Review

“With complex, believable characters and an intricate plot, this is a sprightly, enjoyable read.”—People

“Faye once again vividly illuminates history with her fiction….remarkably fluid fiction, framed as a love letter and based in fact.”—Booklist (starred review)


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