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The electric hotel / Dominic Smith.

Smith, Dominic, 1971- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library SMI (Text) 33500013076807 New Available -
Cormorant LINK Site SMI (Text) 33500013076815 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374146856
  • ISBN: 0374146853
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Winding through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey, the battlefields of Belgium during World War I, and the faded Knickerbocker Hotel in 1960s Hollywood, The Electric Hotel follows the intertwined fates of the cinematographer Claude Ballard and his muse, Sabine Montrose"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1
    *Starred Review* In 1962, cinematographer Claude Ballard is rusticating with the other eccentric, washed-up denizens of Hollywood's Knickerbocker Hotel. When a doctoral candidate arrives to interview him, Claude's past begins to unspool, and Smith (The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, 2016) shifts the focus to the nascent film industry at the turn of the century. On the Hudson Palisades, a ragtag bunch of innovators—Claude, aging French stage actress Sabine Montrose (clearly modeled on Sarah Bernhardt), an Australian stunt man, and a Brooklyn entrepreneur—creates a silent film masterpiece, The Electric Hotel. Success is within their grasp when archvillain Thomas Edison lets loose his copyright lawyers. The atmosphere is convincing as Smith transports readers to fin de siècle New Jersey, the sick room of a tubercular widow, and Belgium in the throes of WWI. The depth and breadth of the characterization is truly impressive, the story line immersive, and the prose richly evocative as the novel ranges from tragic to nail-biting to hilarious. Smith's tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen hung from a dirigible floating over the Hudson (yes, this happens). Highly recommended. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He’s the author of the novels The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Bright and Distant Shores, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, and The Australian. He has been a recipient of literature grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. He teaches writing in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Subject: Cinematographers > Fiction.
Film historians > Fiction.
Film historians.
Genre: Fiction.

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