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Heartbreak Hotel

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Devoted to the pains and pleasures of being female, the Museum of the Revolution--with exhibits such as "The Menstrual Show" (performed in redface), "The Hard-to-Please Momma," and "The Litany of the Clothes"--is under siege. The City Fathers, frightened by its continual expansion, are out to destroy it once and for all. But the City Fathers haven't reckoned with the resid ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
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Brigitte
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who feels they are a feminist
The best feminst NOVEL i ever read:
From Publishers Weekly
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,
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MJ Nicholls
An impressive, innovative novel, though ultimately exhausting and not comprehensively satisfying.
Ben
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Gret
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Frenetic, ferocious, funny, and old-school feminist. I first read this book back when it came out in 1986, and really enjoyed then. It is even better now, and serves as a reminder of how far we haven't come.
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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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Died September 3, 2015.

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
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“GIRL'S STORY #7: THE HARD-TO-PLEASE MOMMA

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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