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Praise for . . .
The Hotel Eden: Stories

Most of Ron Carlson's narrators have their own cars, but if they used public transportation, I would urge you to sit next to them....This ability to include the reader, long a hallmark of Carlson's work, has reached new heights in The Hotel Eden, his third collection.
--Margot Livesey, New York Times Book Review , July 6, 1997

Ron Carlson's The Hotel Eden is a strange eclectic mixture of some of the funniest and saddest stories ever to cozy up together in one volume. Some stories are brilliant and deeply moving; others are wild and surreal. Taken together they represent the idiosyncratic vision of an original writer who does what only good writers can do: make us see and feel what his characters see and feel and draw us into their world as if we had been born there. . . .You can laugh out loud at these stories as I did many times, and then a few minutes later find yourself deeply moved by a character's pathos. It's fair to say that this is the normal state of affairs in Carlson's literary universe. In his previous story collection, Plan B for the Middle-Class, and his novel Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carlson evokes similar emotional extremes, but here he manages to make it all seem wonderfully fresh, and we feel as if we've never encountered a mixture quite like this...
--Ilene Cooper, Los Angeles Times

I read Ron Carlson's stories again and again. I read them to my friends at dinner parties and over the phone. I even read one to my dad. I think "A Note on the Type" might be the best story in the English language.
--Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness


The Hotel Eden
W.W. Norton 1997
Penguin paperback 1998

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