The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather ONeillWith echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart ones origins. It might also take true love.
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.
Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the citys underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and theyll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.
With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather ONeill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.
Heather O'Neill's The Lonely Hearts Hotel ‘stunningly good’
Rose and Pierrot, each abandoned by a teenage mother, end up at a Montreal orphanage. Rose is a rebel, theatrical and introspective. Pierrot is happy, musical, acrobatic — either a genius or a fool. He falls in love with Rose the day she is made to stand on a chair as punishment for masturbation, the only girl to have earned the dishonour. The nuns charged with caring for the two are envious, cruel, prone to perversion, and set about defiling their innocence.
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