Hotel du Jack (Paperback)Dan Brotzel (author)
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A woman granted a superpower discovers it's more trouble than it's worth. A neighbourhood forum becomes the setting for a bizarre ghost story. A children's entertainer wrestles with problems that are nothing to joke about. A harassed dad attempts to meet the challenge of the primary school cake competition.
By turns tender and satirical, witty and bizarre, the stories in this debut collection cast a fresh eye on first-world problems. Funny and humane, they zoom in on the absurdities and poignancies in work, family, love and loss in our frenetic modern lives.
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 177 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 15 mm
[These stories] chart the transformative, vengeful, poignant moments of everyday life with an appealing down-to-earth candour.* Daily Mail *
An impressive debut.* The Irish Times *
Brotzel packs each mini escapade with surprise and wit, playing deftly with form and tone and probing what is absurd and poignant in everyday life. Each story can turn on a phrase, and there's a powerful sensation that something sinister is inching towards you with every line.* The Herald *
Thoughtful and satirical, Alan Bennett meets David Sedaris meets Jasper Fforde. Dan Brotzel's collection turns cliches on their heads.-- Stuart Hannabuss * Press & Journal *
Alive with humour, wit and subtle observations...and, then, when we're least expecting it, a darkness, a deeper reality,a shadow that creeps up behind and holds up a mirror-- Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo
This book is unique, original and, most importantly, a joy to read - a masterclass in short story writing.-- Christopher Fielden, award-winning and Amazon best-selling author
A bouncy and heartfelt read. Get ordering!-- B.F. Jones * Storgy Magazine *
Hotel du Jack is funny, sad, excruciating and poignant.-- Alex Woolf
Brotzel's prose style is anarchic and economical. His dialogue fizzes along brilliantly and he's genuinely a laugh-out-loud writer, but with some real pathos and depth to his characters too.-- C.M. Taylor, author of Premiership Psycho and Staying On
Funny , but also touching,and sometimes a little bit odd. For that I truly enjoyed them.-- Louisa * NetGalley *
A contemporary collection with 21st century themes. Brexit, Trump, Alexa and other themes abound, but never does the author skimp on the portrayal of characters... A great read.-- Philipa * NB Magazine *
The kind of collection that gets more interesting and fuller with every subsequent analysis or discussion.* Superfluous Reading blog *
Hotel du Jack brings together 28 stories, frequently marrying style and substance to pull off a fresh, witty and insightful collection.-- James Holden * The Short Story *
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“Fragility of super powers and everyday ones held up to a brilliant searchlight of scorching clarity, comedy and compassion.”
Poignant but funny, authentic yet freshly drawn, the varying rhythms and contrasting tales give an original voice to familiar dilemmas in contemporary life. A brilliant debut! Well done Dan Brotzel!
“Great short stories - modern themes & written with enthusiasm”
I loved Dan's book and as his first he's done exceedingly well. It's not easy to write short stories and his were all so diverse and interesting. Lots of looking at how the human psyche works and... More
“A wonderful collection of stories”
Dan Brotzel is a very funny writer. His humour lies in his sharp and accurate observations of the absurdities of everyday life. The subjects of his stories vary widely, but a common theme is our flawed humanity,... More
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