“Narrator Nanou, a street prostitute, gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters – losers, defeated by the world around them – who seek solace in Nanou’s arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.”
Thank you to Arcadia Books for sending me a copy of the lovely little Zenith Hotel in hardback to read & review.
A short yet powerful read where we follow the daily life on the streets of Paris with a prostitute called Nanou who keeps a diary of her thoughts and feelings as well as stories of her daily clients.
This is a very raw and grim reality which is written wonderfully by a promising young author! Oscar’s talent is evident as he has managed to pack a lot into few pages and bring each character to life.
We are left feeling for poor lonely Nanou and glad we’d read such a wonderfully written, insightful book.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Oscar Coop Phane was born in 1988. He left home at 16 with dreams of becoming a painter and at 20 moved to Berlin where he spent a year writing and reading classics. There he wrote Zenith Hotel and then Tomorrow, Berlin (Arcadia 2015). He now lives in Brussels, where he is working on his next novel.