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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alix Strauss Narrator: Thérèse Plummer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death.

Trish obsesses over her best friend's wedding and dramatic weight loss. Robin wants revenge after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her older sister. Anne is single, lonely, and suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Drug-addicted rock star Louise needs to dry out. Southerner turned wannabe Manhattanite Franny is envious of her neighbors' lives. Sheila wants to punish her boyfriend for returning to his wife. Ellen so desperately wants children that she insists she's pregnant to her disbelieving husband. And Morgan, the hotel manager—haunted by the memory of her dead sister—is the thread that weaves these women's lives together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Strauss is a sharp-eyed accountant of the fleeting moments that wound us.”


  • “A sort of literary Six Feet Under, this collection of dark and sometimes surprisingly buoyant stories examines the fascination some people have with death as a way to find love and connection.”


  • “Strauss has a knack for inserting the kinds of surprises that shock but also strengthen the impact of the novel.”

    Baltimore Morning Sun

  • “Thérèse Plummer’s performance is deft…Engrossing.”


  • “Strauss’ stellar first novel chronicles the loneliness of New Yorkers loosely connected by the swanky Four Seasons hotel…Quite sublime.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mesmerizing…Lonely and longing to be otherwise, the characters in this moving novel are achingly sympathetic, their plights eminently relatable.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “There’s a story behind every room at Manhattan’s famed Four Seasons hotel, and Alix Strauss weaves them together in a dark and complicated tapestry. Every character has a secret and nothing is what it seems.”

    Shari Goldhagen, author of Family and Other Accidents

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/13/2014

    " I'm normally not a huge fan of books with more than one main character from whom the perspective rotates, especially one with 4-5 characters... but these characters were all so intertwined, and the closeness of which they were tied together was revealed the more you read. It was hard to put down! I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Judith Martin | 2/13/2014

    " More a book of short stories than a novel, this one never comes together. Disjointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allyson | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the way the individual stories intertwined in this book but found some of the stories quite disturbing which is probably typical of mental illness but not something I typically read and did not expect in a book about the Four Seasons! It was sad and humbling to watch these women painfully live their lives. It was almost painful to read about how broken these people were, to see them caught in lives that had no meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christa Sgobba | 1/12/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. It was the debut novel for the author, and she has a really interesting, easy voice. I'd look for her next one. As a note, apparently she also wrote a nonfiction book on celebrity suicides...that should be interesting! "

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About the Author

A media savvy social satirist, Alix Strauss has been a featured lifestyle and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and the Today show. Her articles, which have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly and Self, among others, cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews. She is the author of the award winning short story collection The Joy of Funerals, Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious, and the soon-to-be-released Based Upon Availability. She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You, an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories.