Many years ago, Iris Greenfeder's mother disappeared. They were living at Hotel Equinox where Iris's father was the manager and where Iris's mother ...Show synopsisMany years ago, Iris Greenfeder's mother disappeared. They were living at Hotel Equinox where Iris's father was the manager and where Iris's mother wrote delicate, powerful fantasies. Then she took a train and never returned, dying in a hotel fire in Brooklyn where she was registered as another man's wife. Returning to Hotel Equinox, now a struggling academic, Iris needs to find the truth about her mother; some keys are held in those fantastical writings and others in the memories of those who knew her. Kay Greenfeder, it seems, was a woman without a past. But as Iris begins to untangle the secrets of years before, she realises that the past was very different to what she had believed, and much more dangerous...Hide synopsis
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Obviously written with hopes of being adapted for the big screen, what could have been a favorite book is reduced to a pretentious, badly edited waste of paper. Too often I had visions of the author searching her thesaurus for a more obnoxious descriptor. (exactly like that.) I also found myself enjoying the misfortunes of the obtuse heroine, Iris Greenfeder, a little too much. Goodman has a talent for creating the most redundantly annoying phrases, kinda like a 16 year old creative writing student.
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