The Paradise Guest House

A Novel
Sussman, Ellen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Paradise Guest House

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Authors: Sussman, Ellen, 1954-
Title: The Paradise Guest House
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks,, [2013]
Characteristics: pages cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback original."
Local Note: 6 7 9 15 17 18 113 118 148 151 152 176 203 216 226 250 262
ISBN: 9780345522818
Statement of Responsibility: Ellen Sussman
Subject Headings: Bali Island (Indonesia) Fiction. Guesthouses Fiction. Bali Bombings, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 2002 Fiction. Victims of terrorism Fiction. Tour guides (Persons) Fiction.
Topical Term: Guesthouses
Bali Bombings, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 2002
Victims of terrorism
Tour guides (Persons)
LCCN: 2012046442
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Feb 10, 2014
  • whohan0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Took this out as my Valentine's Date, great date. Found a new author. I recommend this book when you are looking for a short but intense read. Ellen Sussman quickly defind the charactors and the story hooked you.

Jun 12, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed her earlier novel French Lessons, and found some of the same elements in this book.
Jamie is an American working as a guide for an adventure tourism company. She first went to Bali in 2002 to scout out a new tour for the area. She was caught up in the bombing that happened there. As the book begins, it is a year later and Jamie has returned to Bali as a guest of the government to commemorate the bombing and its victims and to assist the country in moving forward. She is being hosted by the family of a local victim. Jamie is having trouble psychologically coming back, but also has a private mission to reconnect with Gabe, the man who assisted her after the bombing.
The second part of the book takes us back to 2002, and has both Jamie and Gabe describing their experiences from the day of the bombing, to a few days later. The two met when trying to rescue others, and Gabe provided Jamie with a refuge as well as assistance in the aftermath.
The third part continues the story of 2003, with Jamie facing up to her fears, learning more about this country and what it has to offer, and letting herself heal.
This has romance, but because of the circumstances offers a more complex story of a difficult time for this area that relies heavily on tourism. I found it a quick engaging read, that I truly enjoyed.

May 15, 2013
  • Raynpetal rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the premise of the book, but there were way to many f bombs in the book for me. I wished I could have finished .... but I got the idea after half way through. Hopefully Bali is better now and safer.

Apr 05, 2013
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The nightclub bombings in this novel actually happened. Sussman has written a believable story about people who may very well have been there. At the least she does an excellent job of portraying how people acted and reacted during and after the bombings. I found her writing spare yet filled with intensity and emotions.


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