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Hotel World by Ali Smith
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Jan 17, 2009

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bookshelves: fiction, short_stories, booker

This book is made up of six interconnected tales about women. I wish the second through the fourth had been cut.

I loved the opening story told by the first girl's ghost. It felt like a good retelling of Our Town by Tom Robbins. The next three women don't add anything great. Then comes the sister's piece, and it is touching. The last story is wonderful in so many ways. I loved the snippets of people's lives in the end piece.

Had we given those three in-between stories a miss, this would easily be a five star. The three women feel like small parts made big for filler.

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