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The Guest Room: A Novel by [Bohjalian, Chris]
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"Heartbreaking Unexpected and refreshing I won't give away of the surprising twists and turns that"The Guest Room"takes on the path to Bohjalian's daring conclusion; I'll only note that much of the pleasure that comes from reading any well-constructed narrative lies in trying to anticipate how the author will write himself out of seemingly inescapable corners. But here, for a change, we also have a novelist who seems more concerned with examining and dramatizing a much more universal question: whether, in the end, any amount of love or compassion, retreat or nobility or forgiveness, can overcome the remorseless workings of evil."
Skip Horack, "The San Francisco Chronicle
"""The Guest Room"[has] an edge-of-the-seat momentum that propels the reader straight to the last page... For those who value the well-researched novel, the author's 18th book will please Promises to enlighten and entertain."
-- Anita Shreve, "The Washington Post
" Within the first few pages of"The Guest Room," the latest novel by prolific author Chris Bohjalian, the booze-fueled bacchanalia that began as the fulfillment of men s fantasies turns into aHelter-Skelter-like nightmare Bohjalian, whose books often explore the contrast between surface lightness and the darkness that lies below, takes on upper-middle class America in this novel, ripping apart any illusion of safety or moral high ground in a headlong collision between the comforting rituals of suburbia and the viciousness of the Russian mob [Bohjalian is] at his best in"The Guest Room," one of his most compelling books so far, combining an explosive premise, a timely social topic, and fast-paced storytelling with a purpose."
Amy Driscoll, "The Miami Herald
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"The book's real throbbing heart is Anahit, an aspiring young dancer from Armenia... The narrative's frequent somersaults from Anahit's devastating backstory to the Chapman family's more sheltered world is a remarkable artistic feat. . .a steely exploration of the very human cost of bachelor parties and other games of male pleasure."
Eliot Schrefer, "USA Today
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"A story both global and intimate Heartbreaking."
Kate Tuttle, "The Boston Globe"
Bohjalian s deft and light-handed storytelling makes this book a compelling and captivating read. In particular, Bohjalian s treatment of guilt and paranoia is realistic and downright scary. You will remember Richard and Alexandra long after the last page.
Tracy Sherlock, "The Vancouver Sun"
"A gripping story about suburban American lives ripped apart It's hard to put down, or ever forget.
David Shaffer, "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"Well-written and psychologically astute...Alexandra is the conscience in this conscienceless world, a girl who manages to hold on to her innocence and compassion despite the horror of her life. Her voice, with its sometimes uncertain, quirky English, is rendered with such perfection that it s easy to forget that the author is male. This, the book tells us, is what happens to the innocent... Enjoyable."
--Arlene McKanic, "BookPage"
"Hard to put down...Chris Bohjalian keeps readers turning each page... painfully honest... compelling."
-- Amanda St. Amand, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While "The Guest Room" reads like a thriller, in Bohjalian's skilled hands it also reads as a stunning meditation on shame and scandal -- and on issues of trust and forgiveness that can make or break even a long-term ostensibly happy marriage "The Guest Room" builds to a shattering -- and unexpected -- conclusion. This is a masterfully told, compulsively readable cautionary tale.
Amy Goodfellow Wagner, "The Examiner
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Chris Bohjalian is a master at looking unflinchingly at morally complex human dramas and providing insights into the matrix of emotions and actions of his characters Bohjalian does it yet again in his new novel, "The Guest Room," with equal sure-footedness and compelling resonance. It is one of his most daring stories yet. He takes the reader deep into the darkest corners of illicit, international sex-slave trafficking in a riveting story about worlds in collision Bohjalian subtly crafts reverberating echoes between the two stories The ending comes with a shock but will also leave the reader sitting quietly for a long moment, attempting to take it all in.
Frank O. Smith, "Portland Press Herald
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"Superb...a stark reminder of the consequences when perhaps we don't listen to our better angels.""
"--Kelly Konrad, "Chicago Now
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"Suspenseful It took all of our willpower to not bite off all of our nails as we tore through this dark thriller."
Lynsey Eidell, "Glamour
""This dramatic story is convoluted and thrilling, and nothing short of a page-turner.
Christina Wilkerson, "Arkansas Traveler"
""The Guest Room"pulses quick as a page-turner, but its concerns run deep into the moral consequences following an eruption of violence in ordinary lives."
--Charles Frazier, National Book Award winning author of "Cold Mountain"
A good man's momentary moral lapse plunges his happy, prosperous life into a nightmare of murderous gangsters and remorseless sex traffickers. Bohjalian's deftness as a story teller is on full display here, as he couples the urgency of a compulsively readable crime thriller with a quiet meditation on the meaning of family and relationships; the painstaking, quotidian, essential business of how we win love, and how swiftly we can lose it.
--Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "March
" Gripping Venturing into crime-thriller territory familiar to fans of Harlan Coben, Bohjalian s page-turner about an average Joe caught up in sordid events beyond his control resonates with chilling plausibility. "
Booklist
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"Bohjalian catches a key social moment with a book that's fresh and different... a tale of scandal, shame, and escalating suspense."
--Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal
" Reads like a thriller...I did not see the end coming. Chris does a terrific job of exploring the very dark side of trafficking and the women who are preyed on...Lots to discuss, and book clubs should take note."
--Carol Fitzgerald, "The Book Reporter
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""The Guest Room" is a page-turner in every sense of the word. From its very first page to an emotionally charged surprise ending, Bohjalian's fast-paced plot draws readers in and makes the book truly 'hard to put down'...Remarkable... A captivating and insightful read."
--Rupen Janbazian, " The Armenian Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

One of Bohjalian s most compelling books so far, combining an explosive premise, a timely social topic, and fast-paced storytelling with a purpose. The Miami Herald
A gripping story about suburban American lives ripped apart. . . . Hard to put down, or ever forget. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
A story both global and intimate. . . . Heartbreaking. The Boston Globe
[Has] an edge-of-the-seat momentum that propels the reader straight to the last page. Anita Shreve, The Washington Post

The book s real throbbing heart is [Alexandra], an aspiring young dancer from Armenia. . . . A remarkable artistic feat. USA Today
Heartbreaking. . . . I won t give away of the surprising twists and turns thatThe Guest Roomtakes on the path to Bohjalian s daring conclusion; I'll only note that much of the pleasure that comes from reading any well-constructed narrative lies in trying to anticipate how the author will write himself out of seemingly inescapable corners. But here, for a change, we also have a novelist who seems more concerned with examining and dramatizing a much more universal question: whether, in the end, any amount of love or compassion, retreat or nobility or forgiveness, can overcome the remorseless workings of evil." The San Francisco Chronicle
Bohjalian s deftness as a story teller is on full display here, as he couples the urgency of a compulsively readable crime thriller with a quiet meditation on the meaning of family and relationships. Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of March
Alexandra is the conscience in this conscienceless world, a girl who manages to hold on to her innocence and compassion despite the horror of her life. Her voice is rendered with such perfection that it s easy to forget that the author is male. BookPage
Suspenseful. . . . It took all of our willpower to not bite off all of our nails as we tore through this dark thriller. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour
Hard to put down...Chris Bohjalian keeps readers turning each page... painfully honest... compelling. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Guest Roompulses quick as a page-turner, but its concerns run deep into the moral consequences following an eruption of violence in ordinary lives. Charles Frazier, National Book Award winning author of Cold Mountain
Reads like a thriller. . . . Chris does a terrific job of exploring the very dark side of trafficking and the women who are preyed on. Bookreporter
From its very first page to an emotionally charged surprise ending, Bohjalian's fast-paced plot draws readers in and makes the book truly 'hard to put down.'. . . Remarkable. . . . A captivating and insightful read." The Armenian Weekly
Gripping. . . . Venturing into crime-thriller territory familiar to fans of Harlan Coben, Bohjalian s page-turner about an average Joe caught up in sordid events beyond his control resonates with chilling plausibility. Booklist
Bohjalian catches a key social moment with a book that s fresh and different. Library Journal"

About the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of eighteen books, includingClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands, The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, andMidwives.His novelMidwiveswas a number oneNew York Timesbestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont. Visit him at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3135 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804170983
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Jan. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VZZ07GG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
It would appear that the purpose of this novel was an attempt to bring attention to the plight of young girls captured for the illicit purpose of prostitution.

A debauched bachelor party that ended in murder did not seem to me to be the best way to deal with the subject.

I felt that Alexandra’s story line should have been the main focus of this book and while her back story was ok it was in fact the party host Richard, his wife and daughter and his brother Philip that became the center of the novel.

I had zero sympathy for the men involved in the bachelor party who seemed only to muster a degree of regret simply because they had been caught.

Even the twist at the end was an unsatisfying ending for me. The subject matter of human trafficking deserves more serious attention than was presented in this novel.
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Great read - intriguing and interesting - touches on the fallout from a seemingly benign decision! Highly recommend!
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