A Small Hotel

A Small Hotel

Book - 2011
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A tale set in reverse chronicles the failing marriage of New Orleans residents Michael and Kelly Hayes, who, on the day their divorce becomes final, revisit their shared history to evaluate the insecurities and inabilities that have driven them apart.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780802119872
Branch Call Number: FICTION Butler 2011
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Small hotel : a novel


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beebee40 Aug 21, 2014

I read his " A Good Scent from a Strange" and it is superb.

This effort is quite disappointing; the structure, multiple flashbacks of the key characters, the wordiness,etc. made reading laborious.

Very disappointing!

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 03, 2013

A small gem of a novel about a couple facing divorce and struggling to find peace with their decision. On the day of their divorce the wife returns to the small hotel in New Orleans where they first spent the night together, while the husband takes his new girlfriend for a romantic weekend at a nearby Creole mansion. The story moves back and forth between the two as they each find themselves haunted by memories of their life together. Not only a poignant drama about love and loss but a beautifully written page-turner by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Oct 15, 2011

Quick easy read. You have to keep your focus to keep up with the time changes. Easier to read all at once than in small amounts so you can keep track of the time.

debwalker Jun 21, 2011

"On the official last day of her 20-year marriage, Kelly Hays sits in a New Orleans hotel room alone amid bottles of Scotch while her husband, Michael, checks into a different hotel with a sexy, decades-younger woman. But wait—don't take sides yet. Both husband and wife in Robert Olen Butler's deliciously, unapologetically romantic novel, A Small Hotel (Grove/Atlantic), are decent people in agony over their ruined love. Their emotions are complex, though hardly subtle. Michael wistfully recalls years earlier waltzing Kelly around the room and feeling "glad that her head was pressed hard against the side of his because the last thing in the world he wanted was to let this woman he loved see tears in his eyes. It makes no difference that they were happy tears." The empathetic, precise writing flirts with melodrama but never feels hackneyed. In less skillful hands, this story would be a guilty pleasure. Instead, it's just a pleasure."
Karen Holt


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Mary43 Sep 17, 2011

Very intriguing writing. Kept me spell bound. Not the usual back and forth in time at all creative.


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