Lyndsay Faye (THE PARAGON HOTEL)
We're thrilled to welcome back store favorite Lyndsay Faye, author of MANY books we love - Dust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, The Fatal Flame and one of our top picks of 2016: Jane Steele which re-imagines Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer who battles for justice with methods inspired by Darkly Dreaming Dexter (is it any wonder we love it?). It's always a fun, fantastic and lively evening when Lyndsay visits the store, so plan to join us!
The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.
She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers—burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new “family” of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.