The Lonely Hearts Hotel

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"So filled with vivid descriptions and complex characters that the reader's experience is virtually cinematic. . . Utterly compelling." – The Washington Post

A spellbinding story about two gifted orphans –  in love with each other since they can remember – whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.
 

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. 

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes – after years of searching and desperate poverty – the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.

Baker & Taylor
"With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans -in love with each other since they can remember-whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one's origins. It might also take true love. Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes -after years of searching and desperate poverty -the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same. With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O'Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell"--

Baker
& Taylor

Two orphaned soulmates—one a piano prodigy, the other a dancing savant—dream up a plan for the most extraordinary circus show the world has ever seen against a backdrop of the Great Depression. By the award-winning author of Lullabies for Little Criminals.
Two orphaned soul mates--one a piano prodigy, the other a dancing savant--dream up a plan for the most extraordinary circus show the world has ever seen against a backdrop of the Great Depression.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780735213753
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mcadrin
Apr 25, 2019

The "author" seems to have put together bits from other books and then her own sexually fantasies to come up with a book that I'm surprised anyone would publish. Poorly written nonsense. Didn't even get half way through it, and I'm someone who usually just has to finish a book no matter how bad it is, because I keep thinking it's got to get better if someone published it. Would not recommend to anyone!!

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stellamd
Dec 19, 2018

A very enjoyable read. Fast paced. Interesting characters.

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Adw555
Oct 05, 2018

Descriptive and magical.

Pierrot and Rose grew up in the same orphanage in Montreal, both abandoned there as newborn babies. A love develops between the two despite many obstacles: poverty, jealousy, crime, addiction.

Their lives are lived separately until the stars align and cause their paths to cross - this is where the real magic begins.

Pros: Beautifully descriptive language flows through the entire novel, quite delightful to read.

Cons: Many sexual situations are featured in this novel - I was not expecting that...and unfortunately I think much of the symbolism from the rest of the book went right over my head.

Very well written and a nice change of pace - definitely an original piece of work.

4 stars

endora Sep 26, 2018

I really loved this book, period. A love story, but not in the conventional sense. It is a wild and often crazy story, written by an author who has more imagination than any other author I can think of right now! I kept saying to myself "how on earth did she think that line up?!!!"

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KatG1983
Jul 04, 2018

I am someone who will typically finish reading a book this length in 2-4 days, depending on how interested I am in the plot. It took me the entire 3 weeks of my library borrowing period to force myself to get through this one. It's not that it's badly written, as much as I just did not care about the characters, at all, nor did I find the story itself compelling. I'd give it a great big 'skip it'.

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doxland
Jan 20, 2018

Stupid Book.
Bizarre. Quit half way through.
Might be burnable.
Don't recommend it to a friend.

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Margush
Jul 01, 2017

Drugs, prostitution, abusive relationships and someone's strong will to get out of that nightmare.This is Heather O'Neill's second book based on these topics. I have no idea how she's able to be so descriptive and precise in providing all those amusing details pertaining to those very, very sad matters. But she's quite amazing in doing that. Her writing style is exquisite and full of light erotica. I did skip a part in the middle of the book where two characters were trying to find each other - it was a bit longer than it should be, and I also found the end a bit messy - to organize a circus to transport drugs and then to dissolve it? If you're okay to do some mental work while reading a book, give it a try. Ms. O'Neill's books are quite unusual. You'll remember them.

X4052010709 Jun 28, 2017

I loved this book and have just finished Lullabies for Little Criminals. I find her writing style almost lyrical and enjoyed both books immensely. I have never read anything like The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and I believe it will be at the top of my list of favourites for a very long time to come. Cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 stars from me!

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dirtbag
Jun 10, 2017

I quit when I was three quarters of the way through the book. I just never cared what happened to the two protagonists and there didn't seem to be any plot development. If you haven't read a book by this woman, read 'Lullabies for Little Criminals' instead.

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laphampeak
Mar 31, 2017

Quite imaginative, the characters as well as the story.Two little orphans growing up and apart yet always intertwined. The book is quirky, sad, creative, and naughty. Great read.

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