The Paragon Hotel



The Paragon Hotel A gun moll with a knack for disappearing flees from Prohibition era Harlem to Portland s Paragon Hotel.The year is 1921, and Nobody Alice James has just arrived in Oregon with a bullet wound, a lifetime s experience battling the New York Mafia, and fifty thousand dollars in illicit cash She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of home and who saves Alice by leading her to the Paragon Hotel But her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be an all black hotel in a Jim Crow city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises.As she meets the churlish Dr Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she understands their dread The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers burning crosses, electing officials, infiltrating newspapers, and brutalizing blacks And only Alice and her new Paragon family are searching for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the woods To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.A richly imagined novel starring two indomitable heroines, The Paragon Hotel at once plumbs the darkest parts of America s past and the most redemptive facets of humanity From international bestselling, multi award nominated writer Lyndsay Faye, it s a masterwork of historical suspense. New Read [ The Paragon Hotel ] By [ Lyndsay Faye ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The Paragon Hotel
  • Lyndsay Faye
  • 09 April 2017
  • 0735210772

8 thoughts on “The Paragon Hotel

  1. Meredith says:

    Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920 s While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations She also can stand out, if need be She can be anyone or no one Her nickname, Nobody, suits her perfectly In the early 1900 s in Harlem, she Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920 s While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations She also can stand out, if need be She can be anyone or no one Her nickname, Nobody, suits her perfectly In the early 1900 s in Harlem, she uses her unique abilities to become an asset for the Mafia Portland, Oregon 1922 The Paragon Hotel an all black hotel in a state being infiltrated by the KKK Racial tensions are high, especially since it was not legal for black people to reside in Oregon during this time period A white traveler with a bullet wound is brought in to recover A l...

  2. Julie says:

    The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is a 2019 G.P Putnam s Sons publication Immersive, multi layered historical thriller It s 1921 and Alice James leaves Harlem, running from a drug and alcohol deal that left her seriously wounded She s on a cross country train and fading fast, when Max, a kindly black Pullman Porter, rescues her, taking her to the Paragon Hotel in Portland, which probably saved her life Alice awakens to find herself ensconced in an all black hotel, where the staff and other The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is a 2019 G.P Putnam s Sons publication Immersive, multi layered historical thriller It s 1921 and Alice James leaves Harlem, running from a drug and alcohol deal that left her seriously wounded She s on a cross country train and fading fast, when Max, a kindly black Pullman Porter, rescues her, taking her to the Paragon Hotel in Portland, which probably saved her life Alice awakens to find herself ensconced in an all black hotel, where the staff and other guests are skittish about harboring a white woman while she recovers her health As Alice Nobody James settles into the hotel, she comes up with a cover story to explain her presence to local authorities, and begins to get to know Max, her doctor Dr Pendleton, and the other residents of the hotel, which includes Mavereen, and Blossom Fontaine, an alluring songstress, and an adorable Mullato boy named Davy Lee But, as time passes, the KKK becomes an increasing dark presence, and Alice begins to...

  3. Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at know what comment I hear a lot from strangers You should use .gifs in your reviews They are awesome and definitely show what an intelligent person you are Okay, y all know that s totally untrue, but I m still pretty much going to only use.gifs to explain this book because I m wording even less well than usual today.I had never even heard of The Paragon Hotel until my friend SUSAN used the GR recommend feature to tell me Find all of my reviews at know what comment I hear a lot from strangers You should use .gifs in your reviews They are awesome and definitely show what an intelligent person you are Okay, y all know that s totally untrue, but I m still pretty much going to only use.gifs to explain this book because I m wording even less well than usual today.I had never even heard of The Paragon Hotel until my friend SUSAN used the GR recommend feature to tell me about it and because SUSAN never bookpushes like EVER despite us having very similar tastes, I decided I should listen to her and immediately put myself on the library wait list.Okay, let s get on with the.giffery Our story here is about Alice a k a Nobody and takes place in 1921 Born and bred in Harlem to a literal whore mother, Alice was quite the Due to some unfortunate circumstances Alice finds herself on a train bound for a destination as far as she can possibly get from Harlem Much like Blanche DuBois, Alice must rely on the kindness of a stranger and ends up at ...

  4. Martie Nees Record says:

    My Ratings 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub Date January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America s Prohibition A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her She is suffering from an untreated bullet wound A black male Pullman porter takes pity My Ratings 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub Date January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America s Prohibition A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her She is suffering from an untreated bullet wound A black male Pullman porter takes pity on her and brings her with him to his home in Portland, Oregon, which happens to be in an all black hotel The story goes back and forth in chapters and settings from NYC to Oregon This is a difficult review to write since I had different opinions throughout the novel on whether I did or did not like the book I appreciate that the alternating settings begin with a real quote from each are...

  5. Libby says:

    The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is wonderful storytelling, showcased by a unique writing style Faye s luminescent prose and memorable characters along with a poignant plot and atmospheric setting create an indelible reading experience Alice James is born on March 23, 1896, on the very same day that the Raines Law is passed That law states that no liquor can be sold on Sunday, except in hotels Alice James, also known as Nobody was born and raised in Raines Hotels in New York Gunshot, The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye is wonderful storytelling, showcased by a unique writing style Faye s luminescent prose and memorable characters along with a poignant plot and atmospheric setting create an indelible reading experience Alice James is born on March 23, 1896, on the very same day that the Raines Law is passed That law states that no liquor can be sold on Sunday, except in hotels Alice James, also known as Nobody was born and raised in Raines Hotels in New York Gunshot, Alice makes her way across the country, befriended, finally, by a black porter, Max, on the Pullman train Upon arrival in Portland, Oregon, Max delivers Alice to the Paragon Hotel, a hotel for blacks, where she finds treatment for her bullet wounds and safety for a time How long will she remain safe Blacks are not welcome in Oregon and the Ku Klux Klan is a force to be reckoned with I had never considered that blacks would be ...

  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times I grew up in Oregon with 4th and 8th grade focused on Oregon history but we never learned about this, however it explains a lot Even today Portland is 72% white I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realistic and maybe unnecessary, somewhat clogging the storyline This The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times I grew up in Oregon with 4th and 8th grade focused on Oregon history but we never learned about this, however it explains a lot Even today Portland is 72% white I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realist...

  7. Sarah says:

    DNF Everyone else seems to love this book, so I don t know, maybe I just wasn t in the right mood But I gave up the writing style was a bit overdone for me, the dialogue didn t feel real, and I just couldn t work up...

  8. Anna says:

    Who is Alice James Why does she reference herself as Nobody What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon So begins the tale of Alice James, aka Nobody , fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia It s 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead Befriended on the train by Max Burton, the Pullman porter in charge of her cabin, Who is Alice James Why does she reference herself as Nobody What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon So begins the tale of Alice James, aka Nobody , fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia It s 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead Befriended on the train by Max Burton, the Pullman porter in charge of her cabin, Alice is taken to the Paragon Hotel, an all black hotel in Portland ...

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