Seattle7Writers and Open Road Media did last fall: a week long marathon of writing live on stage. Not only that, but the outcome is one quirky, action packed novel--not separate stories or essays, but a single, fabulous, cohesive story.
The story centers around 14 year-old Alexis and her home, the Hotel Angeline, which she is desperately attempting to save. Hotel Angeline is a resident hotel (and former mortuary) filled with some of the most bizarre tenants imaginable, and was managed by Alexis and her mother until her mother suddenly passed away and Alexis is left trying to figure out how to hold her life together on her own. The story is engaging, with enough action to keep the pages turning. The different authorial voices didn't disrupt the story being told, although the multitudinous plot turns did start to wear on me slightly--I guess I'm used to more contemplative stories? This book seemed to be more about collaboration, community, and story telling than it is about character development or plausibility.
The special part about this is how all of these authors were willing to work together, putting aside their writing quirks--turning a typically isolated exercise into a social, community-wide event. (Check out the video below to see the authors speak for themselves on the matter.) I didn't recognize many of the writers, but I loved the experience of being exposed to so many new authors in such a fun way.
Title: Hotel Angeline
Author: 36 of them! Including Jamie Ford and Erik Larson
Published: Open Road Media, 2011
Read For: Review, thanks to Open Road and NetGalley for providing my copy!
My Rating: 3.5 stars