The Paradise Guest House

The Paradise Guest House

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, imagines spending weeks exploring the island's lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali's infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leave her with many unanswered questions. One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, [2013]
Description: 272 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780345522818
Branch Call Number: Suss


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Feb 10, 2014

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.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

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.

Raynpetal May 15, 2013

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.

LaughingOne Apr 05, 2013

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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