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 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 DuBois seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?

Title:The Paragon Hotel
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735210752

    The Paragon Hotel Reviews

  • Meredith

    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 momen...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    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 ...

  • Martie Nees Record

    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 ear...

  • Libby

    ‘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 s...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 8...

  • Anna

    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 NY...

  • Sarah

    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 jus...

  • Lata

    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...

  • Jennifer

    4+ StarsWhip-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. ...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    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 Pullm...