The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel

The new and exciting historial 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 hor The new and exciting historial thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of ...

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Title:The Paragon Hotel
Author:Lyndsay Faye
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Paragon Hotel
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Paragon Hotel Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 01, 2019
    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 exp...
  • Sue Em
    Jan 17, 2019
    Well-written and immaculately researched historical novel/mystery. Little known facts detailing the pervasive mafia influence in Harlem alternate with the entrenched racism from Oregon's early days. Despite the serious themes underlying the book, it is just a delight to read. With ...
  • Elaine -
    Jan 05, 2019
    I just couldn't like this book. I really tried. I made it about halfway through and then questioned why I was still reading. The Paragon Hotel has a high rating on Goodreads, so I kept thinking I was missing something or that the book had to get better. The narrators voice just was...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jan 03, 2019
    Set in 1921, Alice "Nobody" James arrives in Portland after a harrowing train ride. Not only has she fled New York, but she's also been shot and now needs a place to hide. Thanks to Max, a black Pullman porter, she finds refuge at the Paragon Hotel. The only problem? This is the only a...
  • tasha
    Apr 28, 2019
    The writing was really good, quirky. It felt like the times it was set in, like Lyndsay Faye nailed the vernacular. I often wonder if there is a limit to how much historical fiction can teach you about history but as this book shows, there is always more to learn. This book opened a ne...
  • Libby
    Feb 22, 2019
    ?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, ...
  • Sarah Swann
    Jan 22, 2019
    3.5 stars. This one was different. I love historical fiction, so I was excited for this book. I did love the characters and their dynamics together. I can usually follow duel timelines pretty well, but these timelines seemed almost too close together and it was harder for me to keep th...
  • Elinor Gray
    Jul 19, 2018
    A lovely, compelling story about troubled people just trying to connect with one another. Beautiful language, interesting characters, and a double-edged mystery that kept me up reading just one more chapter. ...
  • Anna
    Jan 27, 2019
    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 h...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Dec 05, 2018
    The first thing I said when I saw this book was?-finally a cool interesting book set in Portland! Living in Oregon, there isn?t an abundance of cool books set here. Sure we have a number of writers from Oregon that have made it into the ?big time?, but for the most part Oreg...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Dec 22, 2018
    My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Putmam Pub. Date: January 8, 2019 In 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?...
  • Margie
    Apr 09, 2019
    4.5 Historical fiction like The Paragon Hotel constantly amazes me with incredible facts that I never learned (or were never taught) in high school. The Ku Klux Klan was given only cursory mention in our high school history books and mainly concentrated on the 1950s. I had no idea tha...
  • Aisling
    Mar 31, 2019
    This is a dizzying,dazzling book. The author's style takes a little getting used to but then SO delivers. What incredible richness of language. I was completely riveted by the story of a young "Nobody" who is raised among the violence of the mafias in Harlem but then escapes to new hor...
  • KC
    Jan 15, 2019
    The year is 1921 and a young, white Alice James is running from her ties in NYC and from the mafia. Aboard a train bound for Oregon, she befriends a black Pullman porter named Max who finds her story, life and run-ins intriguing. Once in Portland, he takes her to The Paragon Hotel, an ...
  • Charles Finch
    Dec 27, 2018
    Such a charmer. Review tk ...
  • Jan
    May 05, 2019
    Oh, Portland. No wonder we?re the whitest major city in the US. This well-researched historical novel, set in the early 1920s, lays bare Oregon?s foundation as a whites-only state, and shows through a lively cast of characters how blacks were treated and how whites rationalized the...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 19, 2019
    4+ Stars Whip-smart writing and dialogue. Strong female characters. Though this takes place in the early 1900's, the story is as relevant as ever. Highly recommended. ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Jan 12, 2019
    I've been a fan of Faye since Jane Steele and she come back to us again with another stunner in The Paragon Hotel. I'm not much on historical fiction usually but I've ben surprised lately.. however, I already knew going in that Faye has a talent of bringing history to life. She brings ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Mar 07, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ You know what comment I hear a lot from strangers? ?You should use more .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 ...
  • Lata
    Jan 30, 2019
    It's the 1920s, and Alice James, or Nobody, is escaping to Portland when we first meet her, suffering from a bullet wound. She's taken by a porter to the Paragon Hotel, the only hotel in the town that allows African Americans to frequent. She meets a variety of fascinating people who l...
  • Authentikate
    Feb 26, 2019
    4.5 stars. What historical fiction should be. See full review on my blog: https://authentikatebooks.site123.me ...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Jan 06, 2019
    Review in progress! ...
  • Celia
    Dec 31, 2018
    Alice James was born in Harlem and eventually runs for her life. Taken off the train in Oregon, the conductor brings her, injured by a bullet, to Portland's Paragon Hotel. Once there her story gets complicated and surprising. We learn why she was shot and why she ran. It is the 1920...
  • Meredith
    Oct 29, 2018
    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, ...
  • Sarah
    Dec 11, 2018
    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 any interest in the main character or what happened to her. *I ...
  • Karen Kay
    Dec 07, 2018
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "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." And boy-oh-boy, the complicated ...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Jan 28, 2019
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Sometimes we read stories to escape the gruesome reality that is perpetually mediatized and sometimes we visit these stories to remind us of the lessons learned?or not?during the darker days of the past. While the events in the...
  • Allison
    Mar 22, 2019
    My second DNF of the year. Did people actually ever speak like this, or did the author just watch old time-y movies and toss in every slang and clich she heard? This very long book probably could have been MUCH shorter without the insufferable dialogue. I couldn?t stand it?like n...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    Jan 02, 2019
    Simply exquisite! Seriously -- go out and get this book! :) FOLLOW ME HERE: The Navi Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram ...
  • OLT
    Sep 22, 2018
    What a story this is. It's a gangster/mafia story. It's a story about racism, including the KKK. It's a story about intolerance and bias. It's a story about friendship and relationships. It's a love story. It's a sad story, but yet a hopeful one. It's a story about resilience in the fa...