I'm delighted to say that Hotel is published in the US today.
Many, many thanks to Bloomsbury's excellent editors, designers, publicists, production department, indexers & those people with the spreadsheets. Also, personal thanks to Lauren Elkin, Deborah Levy, Sharon Kivland, Lisa Appignanesi, Isabella Streffen, Toby Ferris, Tristan Burke, Richard Barnett, Olivia Laing, & Brian Dillon.
You can read an extract at Granta Magazine.
There's an interview about the book with me at The Paris Review.
Melissa Harrison in The Financial Times:"Walsh’s writing has intellectual rigour and bags of formal bravery... Hotel is a boldly intellectual work that repays careful reading... in its deft delineation of a complex modern phenomenon — and, perhaps, a modern malaise — it’s a great success." http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e02e1eda-61e6-11e5-9846-de406ccb37f2.html#ixzz3nz9hWvZQ
Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick: "It's a knock out. Completely engaging, juicy and dry - such a great book."
Sydney Review of Books: "It feels like something you want to endlessly quote: sharp, knowing, casually erudite... there is power and an affecting gravitas in what Walsh does with detail. The actual operates in the book as lonely gesture, deprived of the clammy self-revelation that a lesser writer might emphasise in a desperate bid to hold the reader’s attention. Instead, we sift the fragments through other fragments: as sharp as her riffs on Freud and Heidegger are (and she’s calmly mocking and irreverent at times too, which helps) what a reader truly returns to is a more open, personal writing... It’s a formal victory, an accurate rendering of a scattered emotional state."
RM220: "Hotel is successful because at first you think you’re going to see hotels in a new way, but then you also see home, and then marriage, in new ways. That surprising twist—where shining light on one thing illuminates another—is excellent."
Darcie Dennigan at The Rumpus: "there’s more linguistic play in here, more aphorisms you want to copy onto a postcard and send to your unhappiest smart friend."
Real Review: "Walsh's Hotel is a small book of huge ambition, which I will return to repeatedly for its openness, humour, and intellectual curiosity - a book that has that rare quality of prompting you to think without once telling you what to think."
The Paris Review on Hotel:"a slim, sharp meditation on hotels and desire."
Jonathan Ellis at the TLS: an "experiment with the form of memoir by failing to include the 'Life-writing' we normally expect. [She] write[s] about life by writing about writing."
The Literary Hub: "shifts from the deeply personal to the abstract and intellectual and back again... compelling, impressive."
The New Statesman: "It is elliptical and associative, moving like quicksilver from one thing to the next... This is bold, risky writing, but Walsh is deft with fluidity...I loved Hotel and would read it again for the pleasure of its playful linguistic slips (not all of them Freudian) and jokes."
Hellogiggles: "a gorgeously jolty narrative you’ll quickly eat right up".
Glasgow Review of Books: "Alongside the intelligent analysis and playful structure, Joanna Walsh captures something innately surreal and peculiar about hotels."
Barnes and Noble: "At its center is the idea of what makes something — or someone — a home."
Publisher's Weekly on Hotel: "A strange, probing book all the more affecting for eschewing easy resolution."
Simon Savidge, Savidgereads: "It is bonkers, yet somehow it works."
Jay Merril at Berfrois: " Interestingly, this book arrives at the conclusion that neither hotel nor home can really satisfy desire. Clearly therefore, it will eventually become necessary to leave both. But where to go?"
Sofia Samatar: " I feel like you're doing something important with these pieces: loneliness, gathering places, reflective surfaces, the work of shining."
Dontdoitmag: "itineracy, spaciality, and depression... lapidary."
Minor Literatures: "One of the singular joys in Walsh’s prose is how she questions and twists language systems until familiar words and expressions become uncanny, portals to a stranger world."
LA Review of Books: "Ultimately the lesson resides in this combination of intimacy and distance, of narrative lack and narrative fantasy, as constituted by the hotel."
Mask Magazine: "There is rigor in this book-length conversation among herself, philosophers, writers, actors, and directors, but there is also wonder. Reading Walsh has a certain child’s pleasure of being let loose in a new terrain to press buttons, open room doors, and dig through cabinet drawers without supervision."
Open Democracy: "Hotel is a clever little book that packs a punch, and Walsh is a writer whose sparse prose and contained voice endlessly surprises."
San Diego City Beat: "Walsh mixes travel writing, pop culture, and personal narrative to great effect"
There are some more pre-reviews etc here.
I'll add more press as it arrives... If you'd like to review the book, please email me and I'll put you in touch with Bloomsbury for a review copy (hit the 'About' button at the top of right sidebar for my email address).
Hotel will be published in the UK on 5th November.
On 8th December I'll be reading from Hotel and talking with Deborah Levy about the book, and about her writing, at The Freud Museum in London. Info here - please come.
I'll post info about other readings etc, very soon.