The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel

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The new and exciting historical thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham , which follows Alice "Nobody" from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's the Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.

She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.

Why was "Nobody" Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon's denizens live in fear--and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom Fontaine seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnams Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735210752
Branch Call Number: FAY
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,24 cm


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DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Meet the quirky characters of the Paragon Hotel. Alice is fleeing New York City for her life and ends up at the Paragon Hotel. This historical novel simmers with the unexpected racist history of Portland, Oregon, in the 1920s.

Jan 26, 2019

This historical novel set in the 1920s has a lot going on: Prohibition and Mafia violence in Harlem, extreme racism and the rise of the KKK in Portland, Oregon, and even LGBT issues - but it all works. The novel has a few mysteries in it as well, which keeps the reader engaged.

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 25, 2019

This gripping noir reaffirms my deep affection for historical mysteries; there is no better way to experience history!

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