From the multi-award-winning author of the literary phenomenon A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, an exquisitely rendered and emotionally devastating meditation on love, loneliness, grief – and the possibilities for renewal.
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From the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction
‘Powerful . . . truly a living and breathing thing.’ Financial Times
‘McBride is on blistering form.’ Sinéad Gleeson
‘Nothing else feels so fresh, so radically new.’ Garth Greenwell
‘An emotionally enchanting novel that gets deep under the skin.’ Dazed
A woman enters an Avignon hotel room. She’s been here once before – but while the room hasn’t changed, she is a different person now.
Forever caught between check-in and check-out, she will go on to occupy other hotel rooms, from Prague to Oslo, Auckland to Austin, each as anonymous as the last. There, amid the open suitcases, the matchbooks, cigarettes, keys and room-service wine, she will negotiate with memory, with the men she sometimes meets, and with what it might mean to return home.
Strange Hotel already has the stamp of immortality on it. A deep dissection of desire and aloneness, in its familiarity and strangeness, it seems even newer and more radical than McBride’s previous novels. As Anne Enright has said, she is something of a genius.
Her words and characters squirrel their way into your soul . . . Magnetic and fascinating.
Richly written, and wholly absorbing.
Mesmeric… Strange Hotel crackles with a bone-dry humour and a crisp intelligence that relieves its melancholy and lightens its load… the supple rhythms of McBride’s prose carry their own cargo of exhilaration.
No one in contemporary fiction can capture what McBride can: the rich, sometimes excruciating, often humiliating, intimacy of a thought.
A devastating portrait of a mind stuck inside itself, for whom the hotel room is both oblivion and sanctuary.
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