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The Hotel Neversink summary The Hotel Neversink , series The Hotel Neversink , book The Hotel Neversink , pdf The Hotel Neversink , The Hotel Neversink dc029cdc17 Author Of THE GRAND TOUR Adam O Fallon Price S THE HOTEL NEVERSINK, Exploring The History Of The Hotel Neversink In The Catskills, The Interwoven Legacy Of The Hotel S Owners An Immigrant Family And A Rash Of Unsolved Murders, To Masie Cochran At Tin House Books, For Publication In Summer

10 thoughts on “The Hotel Neversink

  1. says:

    Glancing at glowing reviews I wondered if I read a different book named The Hotel Neversink It s said to be a multi generational saga, a mystery, a ghost story wrapped around the history of a large hotel in the Catskills The last part is true, there s a hotel, but it s no Overlook.Wealthy, single Foley built a large mansion in the Catskills His first fiancee died of typhoid The next one boarded the Titanic to arrive for their wedding She only gets two sentences so is this meant to be foreshadowing or clever wordplay, since the next owner will name it Neversink No, the Neversink is a local river and the backstory is extraneous There s a lot of extraneous material throughout the book And then, still single, as if a really, really rich man can t find a wife eyeroll , Foley spent the next ten years compulsively adding onto the house Now known locally as Foley s Folly, it has ninety three bedrooms, three ballrooms, a large auditorium and a lot Think Winchester Mystery House without the eccentric architecture designed to alleviate Sarah Winchester s obsessive need to outrun and trick the ghosts she saw everywhere Now forget the ghosts and the word mystery, because there s very little of either in this book.Foley s fortune is wiped out after the depression and he jumped from the roof of the hotel which would, in time, be put up for auction On to chapter one, in which we meet a poor and starving Jewish family in Poland See the father shoot their beloved mule and make his beloved daughter watch, and watch mom make broth from the hooves when it was all she had left I don t mean to sound heartless Hunger is a massively important social issue and hungry people have to eat But this was only page 10 and already I was a little jealous of the mule being put out of its misery The father, Asher, emigrated to the U.S., accumulated some money, sent for the family and you guessed it, bought the house at auction, which he turned into a hotel he named The Neversink It became a huge success and we re off But not really, because for me this book never took off.It s told in eighteen chapters beginning with Asher s daughter Jeannie s story, which begins with their life in Poland, continues through her elderly father turning management of The Neversink over to her, and ends with the disappearance of a little boy The other chapters alternate characters within and without the family including Jeannie s brother Joey who is a Catskills comedian, their kids and grandkids There s also the hotel detective and a thieving maid Technically a saga is a long story or series of them and there are indeed four generations in The Hotel Neversink so technically this is a multigenerational saga but it didn t read like one to me It read like a series of character sketches or short stories, the kind of short story I finish wondering where the story was What they all have in common is the hotel They re not uniformly bad they re bad in different ways.What connects everything is the disappearance of a boy named Jonah in 1950, a boy playing hide and seek with Jeannie s son Over the years local children continued to disappear but they re mentioned very briefly and with no details Joey s daughter Alice was attacked years later and left for dead but she survived, and her story was the only one that interested me at all But there are no clues or suspects or any of the elements that make up a mystery Where were the police, the leads, the investigation We re not let in on any of it If you re looking for a mystery, this is not your book.Throughout The Hotel Neversink certain people think they see a ghost Is the ghost the perp Is the ghost even a ghost No matter if you re looking for a scary ghost, this is not your ghost The strongest reaction I had to this ghost was to scratch my head figuratively and laugh a few times So we have a series of disjointed narratives that technically comprise a saga, a mystery that s central to the book that isn t investigated and remains in the background, and a random ghost that s not at all frightening Take the hotel detective please His job is to investigate only minor hotel crimes guests stealing sugar packets His chapter is mostly about his upbringing and marriage As for the maid, her story comes out of nowhere and returns to nowhere, as if it was dropped into the wrong book Then there s the chapter with Asher s great great granddaughter, who brings her roommate to The Neversink He s an aspiring playwright, an obnoxious snob, and he stages a dramatic rendering of Dante s Inferno at the hotel for which he casts local porn stars to play the characters of Lust I didn t realize the Catskills had so many unemployed porn stars His character is ridiculous, the play is bonkers and how that arc fits into this saga is beyond me.The end was a little surprising and slightly satisfying I added one star for the closure.

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    I d assumed this was a horror novel it s actually kind of cosy The Hotel Neversink is essentially a multi generational saga about the fluctuating fortunes of a grand hotel in upstate New York, and, setting the concluding chapter aside, it might be best described as collection of linked short stories Moving through the decades from 1950 to 2012, it narrates the rise and fall of the Sikorskys, the family who run the hotel We also get the perspectives of several other characters hotel staff and visitors A mystery connects the stories why do so many children go missing in and around the Neversink A few times it seems the whole thing s going in a supernatural direction, but it never really commits, and ultimately the book is mostly about family, friendship and the vagaries of fate I sometimes found it difficult to keep track of who was related to whom I could ve used a Sikorsky family tree but that does, at least, prove I was interested in connecting the dots This was a swift, satisfying read the history of the Hotel Neversink had unfolded before I knew it, and I was rather sad to leave the place behind.I received an advance review copy of The Hotel Neversink from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  3. says:

    Entertaining but it over promises and under delivers.

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    The Hotel Neversink is the story of a Catskills resort, it s people, and it s history as told in a series of short stories The stories are written in the voices of various family members, hotel guests and staff, and once, in a group voice The author, Adam O Fallon Price has written a family saga by way of a murder mystery, and the book is a gem.Other books have been written in this short story style for example, Elizabeth Strout s Olive Kitteridge two book set It s an interesting method to read a book I d say you could pick up the book, read a story or two, and put it down for next time you have some free time But The Hotel Neversink is such a compelling read in Adam O Fallon Price deft hands, that chances are you ll want to read it all in one sitting.The book begins with an Eastern European Jewish family enduring hard times in Silesia in the 1920 s Somehow the family makes it to the United States and some propitious lending by affluent family members allow the Sikorsky family to buy a huge old hotel and turn it into the Hotel Neversink Get it The hotel took off and did well, as many others in the Catskill region did They attracted Jewish families and groups, who found the Catskills, with the relative nearness to New York City, an attractive place to spend the summer The family ran the resort through economic ups and downs and the disappearance of several children There was a question about the resort but the guests cametil they didn t and the Neversink began its long, downward sinking Price s novel is not a long one, only 297 pages, but he manages to introduce about 10 characters, in whose voices the book is written All his characters are interesting and none are caricatures, which they easily could have been The Hotel Neversink will definitely make my ten best for this year

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    The Hotel Neversink is a collection of voices that hinge around a history of violence that ripples outward across generations Set in a hotel in the Catskills, the cast of characters struggles to create and sustain their lives with an overwhelming threat of danger constantly looming The secret shame of the family continually interrupts and redirects their lives and makes it hard for them to connect with each other There are some great voices in this book Almost each chapter introduces you to a new member of the family, creating the effect of listening to a story in chorus The style of this story reminds me a bit of kaleidoscope its revolving fragments are constantly moving and shifting, but remain whole There is an element of whodunnit in this story which pleases me greatly, I always love puzzling out a mystery , but the mystery itself is not the point More than understanding who and why, this story asks a reader to consider how a family tells its own story, and how the members of that family survive its telling.

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    I feel like The Hotel Neversink by Adam O Fallon Price is being marketed wrong I was expecting a creepy mysterious hotel where children often disappear But instead, we re given a family saga covering numerous characters across four generations Each chapter is a new POV though there are a few repeats with most written in close third person and then two inexplicable first person chapters It kind of reminded me of a serious depressing version of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, but with less of the charm The crux of this book is the Sikorsky family not a mystery But, in the end, I still enjoyed reading this and getting acquainted with the sad history of the Neversink hotel the Sikorsky family.

  7. says:

    What a great read The characters are so well drawn in each chapter and I loved how the plot was moved along through each character s story.

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    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review I wanted to like this a lot than I did the premise is fascinating, and the beginning chapters are interesting, but it lags in the middle I don t think the narratives are tied together enough to make it feel like a cohesive story, and the final chapter Ensemble was disjointed and confusing I found myself having to reread several pages to figure out whose point of view I was in The ending was innovative, but overall left me unsatisfied and didn t evoke any kind of reaction from me The prose itself was wonderful to read, though

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    Oddly enough, I read an excerpt from the novel in Harper s Magazine this week, and so intrigued by the short story, I read the novel to find out what happened to the kleptomaniac housekeeper single mom of a young son with polio and the large female hotel guest who offers to pay for her son s medical expenses but expects sexual favors in return Lo and behold, those characters never surface again in the novel There s a brief mention of the housekeeper, but no reappearances To some degree, it s a collection of short stories that are connected to the Hotel Neversink than a novel, as readers are introduced to a variety of characters, mostly related by family to the owners of the hotel, and many of these characters don t surface again until the end It s a bit of a Who Done It since children start disappearing at the hotel and in the town, found dead here and there, but one girl who was strangled, survives, and years later, decides to confront her demons by researching the murders and writing a book about the hotel s dark history The ending was not a complete surprise, but I do wish we would have seen of the character who was guilty for the murder throughout the novel Lively novel, rich characters, and a compelling read.

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    A solid 3 1 2 stars for this one A giant rambling hotel resort in the Catskills with an illustrious past sounds like the scene in a Stephen King novel and while this story does take on a sinister approach it really is about family and legacy with a murder mystery thrown in for good measure A hardworking immigrant family buys a hotel in 1931 and throws everything they have into the running of it They are successful and soon this family operation is a vacation destination and is handed down to their children and grandchildren to run it Its fame was not always from positive reviews and when a young boy disappears and then years later a young girl is accosted, the hotel begins to lose its charm Each generation has a difficult time filling up the rooms to capacity or even an interest in running it The luster of the hotel may be fading but the mystery of the bogeyman remains and you will keep reading to the final page hopeful that the killer s identity will be revealed My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

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