Hotel Iris, Paperback
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In a crumbling, seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet, seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk as her mother fusses over the off-season customers. When, one night, they are forced to eject a prostitute and a middle-aged man from his room, Mari finds herself drawn to the man's voice, in what will become the first gesture of a long seduction.

Mari begins to visit the mysterious man at his island home, and he initiates her into a dark realm of both pain and pleasure.

As Mari's mother and the police begin to close in on the illicit affair, events move to a dramatic climax.

By the author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.




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I read this because I loved The Housekeeper and The Professor. This book was not what I was expecting! Which isn't to say it's bad. It is compelling. Ogawa's writing is matter of fact about the strange relationship that unfolds between a 17 year old girl stuck working at her mother's hotel and the man 50 years her senior that she encounters one night at the hotel. I was shocked at the way things turn out, but couldn't look away. It took me a little over two hours to read it start to finish in one sitting. That's quite a recommendation, but it's not for the conservative or easily disturbed!

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