The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

The Paragon Hotel

The new and exciting historial thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, which follows Alice “Nobody” from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland’s the Paragon Hotel.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 Yo...

Details The Paragon Hotel

TitleThe Paragon Hotel
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam’s Sons
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Paragon Hotel

  • Meredith
    Superbly written historical novel exploring racism, violence, and extremist groups in America in the 1920's. While this novel takes place in the past, its subject matter resonates in the current moment.Alice James has a knack for blending in. She can become part of the background, enabling her to go unnoticed and listen in on very important conversations. She also can stand out, if need be. She can be anyone or no one. Her nickname, Nobody, suits...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    Simply exquisite! Seriously -- go out and get this book! :) FOLLOW ME HERE:The Navi Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: know what comment I hear a lot from strangers? “You should use more .gifs in your reviews. They are awesome and definitely show what an intelligent person you are.” Okay, y’all know that’s totally untrue, but I’m still pretty much going to only use .gifs to explain this book because I’m wording even less well than usual today.I had never even heard of The Paragon Hotel u...
  • Martie Nees Record
    My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 starsGenre: Historical Fiction MysteryPublisher: PENGUIN GROUP PutmamPub. Date: January 8, 2019In a nutshell, this novel is about racism and the American underworld in the early twentieth century. The novel begins in 1921, during the time of America’s Prohibition. A young white female protagonist is on a train out of Harlem running to escape her Mafia boss who is displeased with her. She is suffering from an untreated b...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times.(I grew up in Oregon with 4th and 8th grade focused on Oregon history but we never learned about this, however it explains a lot... Even today Portland is 72% white!)I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realistic and maybe u...
  • Libby
    ‘The Paragon Hotel’ by Lyndsay Faye is wonderful storytelling, showcased by a unique writing style. Faye’s luminescent prose and memorable characters along with a poignant plot and atmospheric setting create an indelible reading experience. Alice James is born on March 23, 1896, on the very same day that the Raines Law is passed. That law states that no liquor can be sold on Sunday, except in hotels. Alice James, also known as ‘Nobody’ ...
  • Anna
    Who is Alice James? Why does she reference herself as "Nobody"? What are the circumstances that led to her being on a train bound for Oregon?So begins the tale of Alice James, aka "Nobody", fleeing NYC with a bullet wound festering, on the run from the Mafia. It's 1921, Prohibition has been initiated, Mob violence in Little Italy is rampant and Oregon seems to be a safe distance from those who wish Alice dead. Befriended on the train by Max Burto...
  • Lata
    It's the 1920s, and Alice James, or Nobody, is escaping to Portland when we first meet her, suffering from a bullet wound. She's taken by a porter to the Paragon Hotel, the only hotel in the town that allows African Americans to frequent. She meets a variety of fascinating people who live and work at the hotel. They view her with some suspicion, as she's white and a stranger, and the situation in Portland is somewhat tense, what with the Ku Klux ...
  • Sarah
    DNF. Everyone else seems to love this book, so I don't know, maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. But I gave up--the writing style was a bit overdone for me, the dialogue didn't feel real, and I just couldn't work up any interest in the main character or what happened to her. *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Set in 1921, Alice "Nobody" James arrives in Portland after a harrowing train ride. Not only has she fled New York, but she's also been shot and now needs a place to hide. Thanks to Max, a black Pullman porter, she finds refuge at the Paragon Hotel. The only problem? This is the only all-black hotel in the city and they are not very keen to have a white woman staying there. But with Max as well as the wonderful club singer, Blossom Fontaine, on h...
  • Jennifer
    4+ StarsWhip-smart writing and dialogue. Strong female characters. Though this takes place in the early 1900's, the story is as relevant as ever. Highly recommended.
  • Celia
    Alice James was born in Harlem and eventually runs for her life. Taken off the train in Oregon, the conductor brings her, injured by a bullet, to Portland's Paragon Hotel. Once there her story gets complicated and surprising. We learn why she was shot and why she ran.It is the 1920's and Prohibition is in full swing; racism is prevalent in Portland. Alice is welcomed to the Paragon Hotel to recuperate, even though she is white and the other guest...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. "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."And boy-oh-boy, the complicated story goes on from there. Really great book, good writing, fantastic characters. Must read.4☆
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Sometimes we read stories to escape the gruesome reality that is perpetually mediatized and sometimes we visit these stories to remind us of the lessons learned—or not—during the darker days of the past. While the events in themselves are tragic, it is the similarities that we are able to draw between an era that seems so long ago that is the most appalling. Whether it is only a decade or a c...
  • The Lit Bitch
    The first thing I said when I saw this book was—-finally a cool interesting book set in Portland!Living in Oregon, there isn’t an abundance of cool books set here. Sure we have a number of writers from Oregon that have made it into the ‘big time’, but for the most part Oregon isn’t exactly the hippest place to set your novel in.In recent years though I have seen a lot of writers—both from Oregon or the PacNW and not—set their books ...
  • OLT
    What a story this is. It's a gangster/mafia story. It's a story about racism, including the KKK. It's a story about intolerance and bias. It's a story about friendship and relationships. It's a love story. It's a sad story, but yet a hopeful one. It's a story about resilience in the face of adversity. It choked me up more than once but had me amused or smiling at times also, thankfully, or I would have been an emotional mess as I finished reading...
  • Sarah Swann
    3.5 stars. This one was different. I love historical fiction, so I was excited for this book. I did love the characters and their dynamics together. I can usually follow duel timelines pretty well, but these timelines seemed almost too close together and it was harder for me to keep them straight. I also had a bit of a hard time getting used to the language used and they way the characters talked. The storyline was strong, but I was expecting a b...
  • Sue Em
    Well-written and immaculately researched historical novel/mystery. Little known facts detailing the pervasive mafia influence in Harlem alternate with the entrenched racism from Oregon's early days. Despite the serious themes underlying the book, it is just a delight to read. With a bullet wound in her side, Alice James, "Nobody," flees NYC traveling by railroad to Portland. Once there, the Pullman porter, Max, takes her in hand to the Paragon Ho...
  • Elaine -
    I just couldn't like this book. I really tried. I made it about halfway through and then questioned why I was still reading. The Paragon Hotel has a high rating on Goodreads, so I kept thinking I was missing something or that the book had to get better. The narrators voice just wasn't working for me. I understand that she is a con artist and changes into who she needs to be to suit the situation, but I found her voice hard to read. I typically lo...
  • Elinor Gray
    A lovely, compelling story about troubled people just trying to connect with one another. Beautiful language, interesting characters, and a double-edged mystery that kept me up reading just one more chapter.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I've been a fan of Faye since Jane Steele and she come back to us again with another stunner in The Paragon Hotel. I'm not much on historical fiction usually but I've ben surprised lately.. however, I already knew going in that Faye has a talent of bringing history to life. She brings Nobody and everybody into The Paragon Hotel.We switch back and forth from NYC Harlem and how Nobody, "just call me Alice", came to Oregon, The Paragon Hotel and her...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Review in progress!
  • Charles Finch
    Such a charmer. Review tk
  • KC
    The year is 1921 and a young, white Alice James is running from her ties in NYC and from the mafia. Aboard a train bound for Oregon, she befriends a black Pullman porter named Max who finds her story, life and run-ins intriguing. Once in Portland, he takes her to The Paragon Hotel, an all-black residence in the city. Alice soon realizes that the crime on the west coast is just as troubling when she discovers the city is a new stomping ground for ...
  • SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    Read the description above,if that doesn't tempt you to want to devour this book,nothing I say will. It had all the the bells and whistles for me. Well written, characters that remain with you long after the book is closed, great storytelling. Would highly recommend.
  • Beth Cato
    I received this book through Netgalley.With Paragon Hotel, Lyndsay Faye reaffirms that she’s one of the best authors out there of historical fiction. Not only does she illuminate historical eras with stunning realistic detail (see her Timothy Wilde trilogy set in 1840s New York), but she creates utterly human characters you can’t help but love and hate. The way she utilizes period patter with such flow leaves me in awe as an author.In Paragon...
  • Tom Swift
    3.5 stars. A young woman's boards a train from New York in 1915 with a fresh bullet wound and $50,000 in cash. She is on the run, anywhere far away. She ends up in Portland and The Paragon hotel. I wanted to like this a little more, I was hoping for another gear to kick in, but it didn't for me. Good story though
  • Kathy
    Lyndsay Faye always manages to find unique stories to tell. Well, I say find, but what she really does is create unique stories built around diligent research she does on the hidden facts of people and places in the history. From Jack the Ripper to the early days of the New York City Police Department, this author discloses the unvarnished truth of struggle and survival in the trenches. And, she does so through characters who take our breath away...
  • Jacqie
    Lyndsay Faye is an author whose books I'll pick up whenever I see a new one. I really enjoyed her nineteenth century New York copper mysteries, and Jane Steele was a fun romp. This book is a bit more in the vein of Jane Steele, with a witty young female protagonist who is more concerned with justice than the law. The book is set in the Jazz Age, and goes back and forth between Alice "Nobody" James healing up from a bullet wound in Portland, OR in...