Lost Girls and Love Hotels: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Margaret is doing everything in her power to forget home. And Tokyo's exotic nightlife -- teeming with intoxicants, pornography, and three-hour love hotels -- enables her to keep her demons at bay. Working as an English specialist at Air-Pro Stewardess Training Institute by day, and losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night, Margaret represses memories of her painful childhood and her older brother Frank's descent into madness.

But Margaret's deliberate nihilism is thrown off balance as she becomes increasingly haunted by images of a Western girl missing in Tokyo. And when she becomes enamored of Kazu, a mysterious gangster, their affair sparks a chain of events that could spell tragedy for Margaret, in a city where it's all too easy to disappear.


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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

a very different book about a messed up girl trying to escape from herself while living in Tokyo. Filled with random sex with strange men, drinking to Oblivion, and when that doesn't work, taking drugs. Oddly enough it is also quite funny in a very dark way. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Edgy, hip debut that transports an unhinged young Western woman to Tokyo to lose herself among all-night dance clubs and theme-happy "love hotels."Hanrahan's Tokyo is a "nightmare of modernity" for ... Read full review



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About the author (2010)

Catherine Hanrahan 's fiction has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story Extra and Open City. Born in Montreal, she has lived in Thailand, England, and Japan, where she worked as a bar hostess and English teacher.

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