The Paragon Hotel

The Paragon Hotel

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"It's 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is racing by rail as far from New York as possible, finally landing at the only all-black hotel in Portland, OR. Residents are understandably suspicious of this white woman-the Ku Klux Klan is in town." -- Publisher's annotation.
1921. "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Her sights are set on Oregon: the end of the line. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter, who leads her to Portland's Paragon Hotel. It's the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. She meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine. But the Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland, burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only the residents of the Paragon are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who vanished into the Oregon woods. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnams Sons,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9780735210752
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 24 cm.


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DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Meet the quirky characters of the Paragon Hotel. Alice is fleeing New York City for her life and ends up at the Paragon Hotel. This historical novel simmers with the unexpected racist history of Portland, Oregon, in the 1920s.

Jan 26, 2019

This historical novel set in the 1920s has a lot going on: Prohibition and Mafia violence in Harlem, extreme racism and the rise of the KKK in Portland, Oregon, and even LGBT issues - but it all works. The novel has a few mysteries in it as well, which keeps the reader engaged.

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 25, 2019

This gripping noir reaffirms my deep affection for historical mysteries; there is no better way to experience history!

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