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.
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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.
Praise for The Paragon Hotel
“The Paragon Hotel is set a century ago, but its themes of social and cultural upheaval feel sufficiently fresh that you might think twice about calling Lyndsay Faye’s sixth novel historical fiction. But calling it terrific—not for a minute should you hesitate to do that….The great strength of “The Paragon Hotel” is Ms. Faye’s voice—a blend of film noir and screwball comedy….The jauntiness of the prose doesn’t hide the fact that Ms. Faye has serious business on her mind. 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.”—People
“This books succeeds wildly on several levels. First, as a beautiful period piece, slangy and jazzy and bringing 1921 to brilliant life. Second, as a lesson about the racist history of Oregon…. And third, as a suspense story…. I love so much about this book.”—Raleigh News and Observer
“This historical novel, which carries strong reverberations of present-day social and cultural upheavals, contains a message from a century ago that’s useful to our own time: ‘We need to do better at solving things.’ A riveting multilevel thriller of race, sex, and mob violence that throbs with menace as it hums with wit.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Faye once again vividly illuminates history with her fiction….remarkably fluid fiction, framed as a love letter and based in fact.”—Booklist (starred review)
“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, bestselling author of The Masterpiece
“Full of wry wit, dark humor and magnificent period details, The Paragon Hotel is a wickedly poetic tour de force.”—Laura Lane McNeal, national bestselling author of Dollbaby
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of The English Wife
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of House of Gold
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