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Hotel of the Saints

Hegi, Ursula

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ISBN 10: 0684843102 / ISBN 13: 9780684843100
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Hotel of the Saints

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

A new collection of short fiction by the best-selling author of Stones from the River and The Vision of Emma Blau presents eleven tales about characters who take on a risky personal search for the unique place where faith can thrive for each one of them, whether it is a run-down hotel, an animal shelter, or the embrace of an ex-convict. 60,000 first printing.

Review:

Anyone who revels in the slow, gentle pace and cumulative power of Ursula Hegi's writing (Stones from the River) will delight in the 11 stories in Hotel of the Saints. In the title piece, a young Jesuit brother helps his aunt redecorate her hotel in a kitschy, irreverent celebration of the saints (the toilet seat in St. Sebastien's room is replaced with an old wooden one that pinches the user). In "Moonwalkers," a young man stands by his father's hospital bedside after his heart transplant, inwardly reviewing their troubled relationship while his father drifts into memorylike reverie of the 27-year-old woman whose donated heart beats inside him. "Lower Crossing" is about putting to sleep an elderly family dog--a friend, essentially, whose life is in the narrator's hands. Some of these stories seem underdeveloped, but all have an emotional force that eddies out from their often minor premises. These are lovely short works from one of America's best novelists. --Regina Marler

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