Book Launch: The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price
Tues 8/6, 7pm
The magnificent Hotel Neversink is the crown jewel of the Catskills, a sprawling resort of unparalleled luxury that hosts athletes, actors, and even presidents. Owned and operated by the immigrant Sikorsky family, the hotel is a realization of their wildest American dream. But then a young boy disappears. This mysterious vanishing--and the ones that follow--will brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose founding of the hotel in 1931 sets a dark legacy in motion. His daughter, Jeanie Sikorsky, sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher's decendants grapple with the family's heritage in their own ways: grandson Len fights to keep the failing hotel alive, and great-granddaughter Alice sets out to finally uncover the identity of a killer who has haunted the hotel and family for decades. Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members--a matriarch, a hotel maid, a travelling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others--The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unnerving eye and prose both comic and tragic, Adam O'Fallon Price details one man's struggle for greatness no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.
"As the fortunes of the Sikorsky family and the Hotel Neversink rise and deteriorate, Adam O’Fallon Price weaves an expansive and arresting saga of trauma, regret, and redemption. Price’s versatile pen—by turns dark and witty and poignant, meandering and succinct—lends crucial vibrance and hypnotic force to the novel’s multigenerational characters. Haunting, rich, and threaded through with dextrous prose, the Hotel Neversink offers important meditations on memory and nostalgia—how they might preserve, but also trap and mislead us—and the often overbearing, obligatory burdens of family heritage and legacy."
—Ben, Flyleaf Books