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The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard

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Longlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize 2012, The Pink Hotel is a tale about finding love in the most unlikely of places, and how sometimes you can only know who you are by discovering who you are not. This is the second novel from the author of the critically acclaimed 2003 debut Isabel and Rocco.


The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard

A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she was separated in her childhood. After stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum's bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling around Los Angeles in a bid to track down the men who knew her mother. As she discovers more about Lily's past and tries to re-enact her life, she comes to question the foundations of her own personality.


“Astonishingly good … Stothard’s writing is accomplished 
and very engaging.” Kate Saunders, The Times

“Matters of personal identity underlie an exhilarating ride through 
LA’s seamier side in the company of a hard-bitten yet highly 
engaging protagonist.” Ross Gilfillan, The Mail

“A poignant novel about identity, and a love/hate letter to LA.” Glamour Magazine

“An elegant noirish mystery.” Amanda Craig, The Independent

“A gently transgressive, transatlantic quest that conjures up both the languid heat of LA and the confusions of a young woman on the cusp.” The Lady

“A slow burn classic in the making.” Anne Brook, Vulpes Libris

“Anna Stothard’s descriptions are almost like a painting – the reader finds themselves slap bang in the middle of the America that is rarely shown in film or novels.” Anne Cater, NewBooks

“Anna Stothard’s dark debut Isabel and Rocco, written while the author was still at school, was a McEwan-esque tale about two teenage siblings 
left to fend for themselves. Her second novel, set amongst the naval-
gazers of California, proves no less precocious.” Emma Hagestadt, The Independent

“A beautiful book.” Anna Paquin, RED magazine

“Stylish… captures an outsider’s gape at sun-drenched Los Angeles.” The New York Times

About the Author

Anna Stothard

Anna Stothard was born in London. She has written weekly columns in the Observer and the Sunday Telegraph, among other freelance journalism. Her first novel, Isabel and Rocco, was published in 2004. She did her undergraduate degree at Oxford, then moved to Los Angeles where she was awarded a screenwriting scholarship with the Masters programme at the American Film Institute. While studying she lived in a surreal mock-German castle in Little Armenia and worked on film sets for two years and on finishing her MA she returned to London. She lives in Hampstead, London.

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Publication date

15th June 2013


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Alma Books Ltd


300 pages


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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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