THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE follows the Berry family across two continents and through three hotels. Family members attract friends who substitute lust, violence, laughter and tears for the standard bourgeois components. The author makes us ask, "Is that a tragedy?"
"A novel of outrageous exuberance and heartrending love...Irving clashes hilarity and heartbreak together like cymbals to bring us to attention." (American Way)
"Exotic characters...fantastic events...a hectic gaudy saga with the verve of a Marx Brothers movie." (The New York Times)
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""The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels."
So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they "dream on" in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author of "A Widow for One Year and "The Cider House Rules.
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