Based Upon Availability

Based Upon Availability

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"Like a beautifully-wrapped gift box, full of unexpected pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature."
--Dani Shapiro, author of Black & White

A stunning, wise, and witty second novel from renowned trend journalist Alix Strauss, Based Upon Availability chisels away at the exteriors of eight smart and intriguing women while delving deep inside to see what they're truly made of. Following her Ingram Award-winning The Joy of Funerals--named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident--Based Upon Availability is women's literary fiction at its finest.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061845264
  • 9780061845260
  • 2,096,756

Review quote

There s a story behind every room at Manhattan s famed Four Seasons Hotel, and in her engaging novel Alix Strauss weaves them together in a dark and complicated tapestry. From the seemingly put-together manager to the aging rock star, every character has a secret and nothing is what it seems. --Shari Goldhagen, author of Family and Other Accidents"
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Back cover copy

From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death.

Trish obsesses over her best friend's wedding and dramatic weight loss. Robin wants revenge after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her older sister. Anne is single, lonely, and suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Drug-addicted rock star Louise needs to dry out. Southerner turned wannabe Manhattanite Franny is envious of her neighbors' lives. Sheila wants to punish her boyfriend for returning to his wife. Ellen so desperately wants children that she insists she's pregnant to her disbelieving husband. And Morgan, the hotel manager--haunted by the memory of her dead sister--is the thread that weaves these women's lives together.
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Rating details

253 ratings
2.77 out of 5 stars
5 7% (18)
4 16% (40)
3 38% (97)
2 25% (63)
1 14% (35)
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