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The Tysen Hotel Hardcover – July 9, 2012
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
About the Author
Donna Gormly was professor of English and creative writing. Her short story, "Joy" appears in Out of Dallas, which she coedited with Jane Roberts Wood and Sally Schrup. This is her first novel. Gormly lives with her husband, Paul, and their dog, J --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Through a friend, I was invited to the author's launch party at her home in Dallas a few month's ago. Of course, books were available and I felt somewhat obligated to buy one, which I did and the author kindly inscribed.
Typically, I read thrillers, mysteries, police procedurals, science fiction and fantasy; as such, I didn't hold out much hope of liking a book about small town 1950's Missouri. Furthermore, it's been quite some time since I've purchased or read an actual book, as addicted to Kindle as I am.
The book sat on my nightstand unread until last week, when I decided to give it a try. Within 30 pages I was hooked and purchased it again for my Kindle to facilitate easier reading.
I grew up in a small town, population 200, in Minnesota in the 1950's which was, like Tysen, bisected by a railway.
Tysen Hotel really nailed small town atmosphere and characterization for that era; in fact, most of the book's characters and their actions reminded me of real people I grew up around, and brought back fond memories of my early years.
It's a cliche, but I could hardly put the book down and read it in one weekend.
The writing is superb and the characters very well drawn out. There very little violence and virtually no profanity, both of which seem endemic these days, so it was a pleasure to savor this wonderful book.
Well done Mrs. Gormly, I hope that you will be publishing again soon - perhaps a sequel?
I must say, the story was all too familiar to this daughter of a hell fire minister. Thanks Donna for speaking up for so many of us...in such a delightful way...no bitterness in the story, just memories come alive through delightful and also heartbreaking characters.