The Girls at the Hotel Grand

The Girls at the Hotel Grand

by Mark Schreiber


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The unique symbiosis that arose among the owners, the girls, the guests and the municipality was no less extraordinary than the symbiosis among certain insects and plants in the Costa Rican rain forests. Without this delicate balance the police might have levied fines, or the girls scattered to other bars, or the owners recast the hotel as a traditional resort. But instead the Grand became a legend, put down roots, grew, so that in time it was unthinkable for anyone to imagine it as anything other than what it was. Prostitution thrivedin other towns where working girls congregated. But the Hotel Grand, despite its success, never spawned competitors. It was unique in all the country. In all the world.

Sensuous, sophisticated, uninhibited Laura Mendoza Flores is throwing a party to celebrate her retirement as a working girl. Unlike many of her peers, who waste their earnings on clothes, drugs and deadbeat boyfriends, she has bought a house in the hills, from which she can look down upon the hotel where she has worked these last four years. Present at the party are those selected friends trusted to bridge the fault like between that old life and her new one, including her best friend, Carmen, a demure, unmercenary young woman whom otherwise jaded Americans can't resist, and Tita Moon, a frenetic single mother, overwhelmed by adult responsibility. Also in attendance is a non-pro, Raquel, a curious psychology student who works at the hotel's travel desk. In the weeks to come the four girls will drink their share of sorrow in the Red Volcano Bar, while Laura, ever in the center of all these tangled webs, like a retired special agent, will endeavor to keep that secret life below her, at the harmless distance of her hillside terrace. But temptation and necessity will lure her back, while her preppy ex-boyfriend and new employer will pull her towardthe equally rocky shores of marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997616712
Publisher: Canal House
Publication date: 05/16/2016
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Mark Schreiber has been writing full time since graduating high school at age fifteen. His first novel, Princes in Exile, was published in hardcover by Beaufort Books in 1984, made into a feature film and translated into German, Russian, Danish, Dutch and Japanese. He has twice received the State of Ohio Literary Fellowship. He has written over thirty-five books, mostly adult literary fiction, but also young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction and illustrated educational works.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Walnut Hills and City-Wide High Schools. He has been a digital nomad since 2015, living in the U.S., Amsterdam, Australia, East Asia and Costa Rica, where he has two stepsons.

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