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Heartbreak Hotel

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Described as wonderfully funny by Annie Dillard, Heartbreak Hotel reveals the collective memories, sorrows, and triumphs embodied in all women as the museum becomes the metaphor for the body of the narrator.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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MJ Nicholls
An impressive, innovative novel, though ultimately exhausting and not comprehensively satisfying.
Sep 13, 2007 Brigitte rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who feels they are a feminist
The best feminst NOVEL i ever read:
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e is the near future. Six women Maggie, Meg, Rita, Gretchen, Daisy and Pearlare on mandatory leave at Heartbreak Hotel, the resthouse adjoining Buffalo's Museum of the Revolution, whose humpbacked curator Quasi has just been smashed senseless in a motorcycle accident. She survives only by virtue of a grim support system; whether it will save her depends on the six women, three wishing her dead, three praying for her life. She is, in fact,
I read this book a long time ago, so the story and characters are not fresh in my mind. But I recall being very impressed by the writing and structure of the book, its repetitiveness and musicality makes it more like a prose poem than a novel.

I remember this book as a book of lists:

Collectively, the women look down and sigh.
Daisy wishes her breasts were less important.
Pearl wishes her breasts were more assertive.
Maggie wishes her breasts were less maternal.
Meg wishes her breasts were softer.
Eileen Rendahl
I read this at a time in my life that I felt lost and very alone. It gave me a huge amount of comfort.
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Gabrielle Burton, awarded an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, currently splits her time between her Buffalo home and Los Angeles, where she is involved with her daughters' Five Sisters Production Company. Burton is the author of Heartbreak Hotel as well as the nonfiction work I'm Running Away from Home, But I'm Not Allowed to Cross the Street: A Primer on Women's Liberation ( ...more
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Momma, I got a B, the daughter said.
Who got an A? Momma answered.
Momma, I showed in the track meet.
Who placed? Momma answered.
Momma, I placed in the track meet.
Who won? Momma answered.
The daughter was chosen Homecoming Queen, the daughter ran all the way home, Momma, Momma, the most wonderful thing happened, I was chosen attendant to the Homecoming Queen.
Who's Queen? Momma answered.
I am, said the daughter.”
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