A Small Hotel (MP3 CD)

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Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A Small Hotel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hayes, who have decided to separate after twenty years of marriage. The book begins on the day that the Hays are to finalize their divorce. Kelly is due to be in court, but instead she drives to New Orleans and checks into the hotel where she and Michael fell in love some twenty years earlier and where she must now make a decision that will forever affect her, Michael, and their nineteen-year-old daughter. Butler masterfully weaves scenes of the present with memories from both Michael and Kelly, showing two people deeply in love but struggling with their own inabilities to express this love.

About the Author


Robert Olen Butler is the author of twelve novels, six story collections, and a book on the creative process. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and National Magazine Awards in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.READER BIO Robert Olen Butler is the author of twelve novels, six story collections, and a book on the creative process. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and National Magazine Awards in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Praise For…


Starred review. "A sleek, erotic, and suspenseful drama about men who cannot say the word love and the women they harm...Butler executes a plot twist of profound proportions in this gorgeously controlled, unnerving, and beautifully revealing tale of the consequences of emotional withholding." - Donna Seaman, Booklist

"...skillful plotting and absorbing characters..." - New York Times

"[A] deliciously, unapologetically romantic novel...[Butler's] empathetic, precise writing flirts with melodrama but never feels hackneyed. In less skillful hands, this story would be a guilty pleasure. Instead, it's just a pleasure." - O Magazine

"With mesmerizing detail, Butler excavates layers of memory and illuminates moments of both tenderness and alienation." - New Yorker

"...a brief, intense portrayal of the collapse of a marriage...unusual and worthy...delivers a surprising charge." - Washington Post

"Butler brings exquisite sensitivity to the details...If you haven't discovered him, [A Small Hotel] is a fine place to start." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...suspense is maintained almost to the final page. Honest and compassionate, Butler's exploration of a marriage's sundering is the work of a mature, reflective author." - Star Tribune

"Intriguing...beautifully told." - New York Journal of Books

"Butler skillfully sets up expectations only to twist them, and twist them again." - Mercury News

"Visions of the past arise in husband and wife on the brink of divorce, as metaphoric, coded conversations, minute gestures, and hurtful silences threaten grave consequences in this tightly focused, intensely imagined, masterfully omniscient novel. Robert Olen Butler understands the failings of men, and he understanding the failings of women just as well." - Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

"A Small Hotel is a gorgeous, hot-blade of a novel, infused with lyric grace - a page-turner that tracks the unexpected turns of a marriage. Reading it, I could not pull myself away. It is the story of a man and a woman - of love, betrayal and the cost of silence. Revelatory and precise, A Small Hotel is a gem of great literary fiction which contends that the life we live every day is not pedestrian, but charged, lucent. It can turn on a dime by what we say and what we fail to say." - Dawn Tripp, author of Game of Secrets

"This tiny, romantic novel could be read at a single sitting, but it's best savored in small slices, accompanied by the quiet ticking of the heart. A marriage on the rocks, a race against time, the duel between past and present that exists in every living soul. As a woman, I particularly admired the portrayal of the husband, Michael, the type of silent man who is an enigma to women and a source of great pain in our relationships with him. Through Butler's insightful rendering, Michael's point of view came as a revelation." - Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander



Product Details
ISBN: 9781611204704
ISBN-10: 1611204704
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
Language: English