The Motel Life

The Motel Life

A Novel

Book - 2006
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With "echoes of Of Mice and Men"(The Bookseller, UK), The Motel Life explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers--on the run after a hit-and-run accident--who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061171116
Characteristics: 206, 22 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Dec 16, 2017

The themes of fate and chance circulate in the novel through the metaphors of gambling and failure. The narrator, Frank, and his brother, Jerry Lee, raise each other after the death of their mother while they are both teens. Their father had previously abandoned the family and his life's focus was gambling which led to debt, beatings and jail. Frank calls Jerry Lee "the unluckiest guy I know". Jerry Lee lives in fear of "Bad luck", which he says, "falls on people every day. It's one of the certain truths. It's always on deck, it's always just waiting. The worst thing, the thing that scares me most is that you never know who or when it's going to hit". Bad Luck is the dark God casting His shadow over this novel. But the shame and failure He promises all is countered by the redemptive promise of love and friendship, both of which play equally prominent roles in the novel. The novel overflows with pathos. Bring a couple of boxes of kleenex along while you're reading. The text is complemented by drawings that bring the motels, small towns, casinos and bars to life.


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