The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg
Van Den Berg, author of Find Me, is one half (along with husband Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters) of a powerhouse literary couple.
How well do you know the person with whom you share a bed? Are you confident you know all about the person who brushes his or her teeth next to you in the morning?
Are you sure????????
Clare thought so, too.
But then her husband, Richard, died; her world was upended.
Bereft, Clare travels to Cuba to attend the annual Festival of New Latin America Cinema. Richard, a horror film scholar, would have attended. In her grief-stricken state, she sees Richard in a suit she cannot recall him ever wearing. She follows him. Is Clare crazy? Her husband is dead, right? What is real and what is psychosis?
How well does Clare know Richard? How well does Clare know herself?
I am not who you think I am.
Engrossing, atmospheric, propulsive, The Third Hotel barrels readers down the sultry streets of Havana, capital of a beautiful country newly opened for tourism, full of history and secrets.
Navigating the mystery of marriage, of ever really being secure in the knowledge of knowing someone, and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, Van Den Berg delivers a smart, suspenseful metaphysical masterpiece.